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Northern Slimy Salamander, Plethodon glutinosus, Salamandra glutinosa

Scientific name:  Plethodon glutinosus (Green, 1818)
Synonym Name:   Salamandra glutinosa
Common name:  Northern Slimy Salamander
Family:  Plethodontidae, lungless salamanders
Habitat:  Habitat: Eastern deciduous forests under bark or other debris on ground, especially on hillsides.

Northern Slimy Salamander, Plethodon glutinosus, Salamandra glutinosa


Derivation of the scientific name:
Plethodon, Greek plethore, fulness or full of; odon, teeth; literally full of teeth
glutinosus, Latin viscous, sticky
Northern Slimy Salamander is a black lung-less salamander, speckled with white or silver spots. It has Costal grooves (similar to rib grooves). They secrete slime through their skin when handled.
Length: 4 ½ to 8 inches.
Salamanders breathe through their skin.

Salamanders are Nature's Climate-Protecting Vacuum Cleaners. On an average day, a salamander eats 20 ants of all sizes, two fly or beetle larvae, one adult beetle and half of an insect called the springtail. And in doing so, they collectively affect the entire course of life in the forest — and perhaps far beyond.

Northern Slimy Salamander, Plethodon glutinosus, Salamandra glutinosa


 
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