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

Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander
(Desmognathus ochrophaeus)

Adult photo of Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander courtesy of Mark Tegges
Adult photo of Allegheny Mountain
Dusky Salamander courtesy of Mark Tegges

Size:

  • 2 - 4 in. 
  • Record - 4⅜ in.
  • Appearance

  • Small salamander with rounded tail that lacks a keel.
  • Back is striped with a line of darker spots down the middle that are often chevron shaped.

  • Habitat Photo for Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander courtesy of Matt Kline
    Habitat photo for Allegheny Mountain
    Dusky Salamander courtesy of Matt Kline

    Habitats

  • Under rocks, logs in and near small streams on the Allegheny Plateau.
  • Sometimes found in sandstone cliff crevices far from water.
  • Maryland Distribution Map

     Maryland Distribution Map for Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander

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