Caudata

Field Guide to Maryland's Salamanders and Newts  (Order Caudata)


Wehrle’s Salamander

Family: Wehrle’s Salamander (Plethodon wehrlei)

Common Name:
Wehrle’s Salamander

Scientific Name:
Plethodon wehrlei

Adult photo of Wehrle’s Salamander courtesy of Ed Thompson
Adult Photo of Wehrle’s Salamander courtesy of Ed Thompson


Size:
  • 4 - 1/4 in. 
  • Record – 6 5/8 in.

Appearance:
  • Brown to brownish black with a row of bluish white to yellow irregular spots, blotches or irregular bands along the side. 
  • There may be brassy flecks or small white spots on the back. 
  • The belly is uniformly grey, except for the throat and upper chest, which may have white or yellowish blotches.

Habitat:

Wehrle's Salamander Habitat photo courtesy of Scott A. Smith
Habitat Photo for Wehrle's Salamander courtesy of Scott A. Smith

  • This woodland salamander prefers forested hillsides and mountainous areas of deciduous and mixed forest types.
  • Often abundant on the drier areas of these forests.
  • They can be found on rocky ledges and flat rocks and in crevices; occasionally found in the openings of caves. 

How to Find:

Distribution in Maryland:
Maryland Distribution Map of Wehrle's Salamander