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Northern Spring Salamander   

Gyrinophilus porphyriticus porphyriticus

State Listing: Threatened

Commonly Confused Native Species:


  • Often Not Confused with other Species



Size:                  A robust and large sized salamander measuring 5 to 7.5

                           inches in length with a distinctly laterally flattened tail.


Color:                The dorsum is orange to salmon in coloration with a

                           reticulated light brown pattern. The venter is a light

                           translucent white.           


Behavior:         Produces a noxious skin secretion when threatened.

                           May posture with its head tucked beneath its tail when in

                           danger.  Often flees rapidly easily escaping capture.        


Habitat:            Cold, spring fed streams in the northern reaches of



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