Northern Dusky Salamander
Note the light dorsal stripe.
Note the light line extending from the eye to the jaw.
Commonly Confused Native Species:
Often Not Confused with other Species
Size: A small to medium sized salamander measuring 2.8 to
5.0 inches in length with a laterally compressed tail that
is triangular in cross-section.
Color: The dorsum is brown with a light dorsal stripe extending
to the tail; in older adults this stripe may not be present.
There is a light line that extends from the back edge of
the eye to the angle of the jaw. The venter is a whitish
cream in color.
Behavior: Behavior is variable from remaining completely still to
quickly fleeing when uncovered.
Habitat: Streams and seeps throughout the state.