Northern Zigzag Salamander

Northern Zigzag Salamander

Scientific Name – Plethodon dorsalis

Classification – Plethodontidae

Baby Name – Efts

Collective Noun – Congress, band or maelstrom

Average Length – 2.5 to 3.5 in

Speed – Can move fast

Life Expectancy – Not known

Breeding Season – Fall and spring

Incubation Period – Not known

Special Features – Dark colored with a red or orangish zigzag stretching from the neck down the back to the base of the tail; white flecks on the sides and back; gray or black belly with orange or reddish small spots

Family Unit – Solitary barring the breeding season

Geographical Distribution – The United States

World Population – Stable

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Temperate forests, rocky areas, caves

Diet – Small invertebrates, particularly spiders and beetles

Predators – Not known