Plethodon cinereus Red-backed Salamander
Charlottesville, Albemarle County, VirginiaApril 12, 2008
Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
At the time I uncovered these various salamanders under logs at our campground on the outskirts of Charlottesville, I assumed there were at least two species involved, if not three. But after reading up on my eastern salamanders and asking around, it seems most likely that they are all Plethodon cinereus, which is one of the most common woodland salamanders in large areas of the eastern U.S. These photos illustrate the two most common color phases, "redback" and "leadback".
Shenandoah National Park, Augusta County, VirginiaApril 13, 2008
Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
We drove Skyline Drive north through Shenandoah National Park to see the sights. On a cold April morning, I didn't expect to see any herps at all, but I managed to uncover a couple of these small salamanders. This one is a different color still from any of the ones I saw near Charlottesville.
Washington County, OhioApril 17, 2008
Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
I spent a morning poking around a large wooded estate while our dogs Tina and Spreckles learned agility tricks at the hands of Bud Houston and my wife. The herps were not cooperating that morning, and all I managed to discover was a few bullfrogs and this lone salamander. So far, my one and only photo of a herp from Ohio.
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