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Blue Ridge dusky salamander (Desmognathus orestes)

Distribution Map

Distribution Map

Characteristics

Members of the D. ochrophaeus complex are very similar in appearance. It is a medium-sized salamander. Dorsal color pattern could be blotched or wavy with stripes and varies from light brown through shades of yellow and bright red. This species can be easily confused with others. Adults mate in spring, late summer and autumn. Eggs are deposited in grape-like clusters in depressions under logs, rocks, leaf litter or moss mats which are close to streams or seeps.

Distribution

It is confined to the mountainous, forested habitats in the Blue Ridge Province from Mt. Rogers and Floyd County.

Foods

No information currently available.

More Information

For more information, please visit the Virginia Fish & Wildlife Information Service (direct link to species booklet).