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Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda)

Posted on Oct 7, 2015

Earlier this summer I caught my first glimpse of this handsome salamander, appropriately named the Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda). A species of Special Concern in New York State, this uncommon salamander is at the northern fringes of its range and can be found along much of the southern Allegheny Plateau. Long-tails prefer cool woodland seeps and streams, but can occasionally be found along river banks under flat rocks or logs. As the temperatures continue to drop these salamanders will work their way deeper into rock cracks and crevices in order to protect themselves from winter’s chill. Too bad we couldn’t do that on occasion and escape some of the extreme temperatures!

Long-tailed Salamander

Long-tailed Salamander (2)

Elyse Henshaw
Conservation Technician