Northern Dusky Salamander

Desmognathus fuscus

Northern dusky salamanderNH Conservation Status: Not listed.


State Rank Status: Wide spread and secure.


Distribution: Throughout New Hampshire except streams near the seacoast.


Description: A small 2.5-4.5 inch salamander that is typically dark gray or brown with a slightly darker molting across the back. Along the sides of the body are light salt and pepper flecks. The hind legs are noticeably stouter than the front legs. There is a light line that runs from the back of the eye to the back of the jaw.


Commonly Confused Species: Two-lined Salamander.

Habitat: Found along woodland streams under logs, rocks, moss, and wet leaves. Also found in brooks, near springs, and in seepages.


Life History: Eggs are laid within a few feet of a stream under logs, bark, or moss. The female guards the eggs until hatch. Hibernates under logs and rocks in deeper water.


Conservation Threats: Habitat loss, water pollution.


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