Discover Maryland's Herps

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

Green Salamander
(Aneides aeneus)

Adult photo of Green Salamander courtesy of Mark Tegges
Adult Photo of Green Salamander courtesy of Mark Tegges


  • 3 - 5 in. 

  • Record: 5 in.

  • Appearance

  • Only salamander in Maryland with conspicuous lichen green colored blotches on the back.

  • Toes are square-tipped and spaced apart for climbing into rock crevices.

  • Photo 4 (inset): Habitat photo courtesy of David Kazyak and Photo 5: Habitat photo courtesy of Scott Smith
    Habitat photo for Green Salamander courtesy of Scott Smith,
    with inset photo courtesy of David Kazyak


  • Rock crevices and trees adjacent to rock outcrops.

  • Status

    This is a State Endangered species. If you find any please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.


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