Slimy Salamander

Plethodon glutinosus

Slimy salamanderNH Conservation Status: Not known.


State Rank Status: Reported historically but unsure if it still exists in the state or if the report represented a native population.


Distribution: Reported historically from one town (Rindge) in New Hampshire but it is not known whether the report represented a native population and if so, whether the population still exists.


Description: A medium to large (4.5-7 inch) black salamander with white or silvery speckles sprinkled across the back and sides. Slimy salamanders usually have a lighter belly than the rest of their body.


Commonly Confused Species: Leadback phase of the redback salamander; dusky salamander; Jefferson salamander.


Habitat: Terrestrial, found on moist woodland hillsides, floodplains, or ravines under logs, leaf litter, stones, or in rock crevices.


Life History: Ten to 20 eggs are attached to the roof of an underground cavity or in rock crevices or rotting logs. Hibernates underground.


Conservation Threats: Loss of habitat.