Northern Slimy Salamander

Northern Slimy Salamander

Scientific Name – Plethodon glutinosus

Classification – Plethodontidae

Baby Name – Efts

Collective Noun – Congress, band or maelstrom

Average Length – 12–17 cm (4.7–6.7 in); can reach 20.6 cm (8.1 in)

Speed – Can move fast

Life Expectancy – 5.5 years in captivity

Breeding Season – Early April

Incubation Period – Around 3 months

Special Features – Black coloration with numerous silvery or gold spots on its back; possess 15-17 costal grooves; aggressively territorial

Family Unit – Females aggressively guard their clutches; males perform courtship dance prior to mating

Geographical Distribution – United States

World Population – Unknown, but estimated to exceed 1,00,000

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Moist soil, leaf litter below stones, rotting logs, or other debris in the vicinity of waterbodies

Diet – Ants, beetles, sow bugs, earthworms

Predators – Not known