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Guide to Louisiana Amphibians

Red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber)

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  Range Map for Red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber)
  Range map source: USGS National Amphibian Atlas, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Stout, short-tailed salamander ranging from 4-6.75 inches in length. Dorsum is purple, brown or salmon red with many blueish-black markings that sometimes form a “herringbone” pattern. Venter is spotted and much lighter than dorsum. Iris is yellow. Very little information is known about reproduction and life history characteristics as a whole. Species occurs in West Feliciana and Washington Parish in wet areas and margins of small stream in bottomland hardwood forests and longleaf pine hills.

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