Rising River Waters Can Kill!
Watch for rapidly rising river levels on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Water released from dams and heavy rain can turn a day on the river into a tragedy! More »
Call for Water Release Schedule
With colder temperatures you can expect longer and more frequent water releases. For water release schedule info, call 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569) for Buford Dam and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. Save numbers to your cell! More »
Size: 10 to 20 cm long (4" to 7 ¾")
General Description: Wide tan to yellowish band on back with narrower black stripe down center of back from just behind eyes to mid tail that may be broken or continuous. Dark stripes along sides from just behind eye to tip of tail. Dark stripes along sides may have white spots within the stripe. Yellowish belly mottled with greenish gray or dark gray. Tail slender and long, making up 60-65% of total length. 13 to 14 costal grooves. Larvae are aquatic and have stream-type morphology. Hatchlings have a light colored back with evenly spaced spots and a spotless belly, but develop dark stripes on sides and middle of back within a couple months of hatching.
Similar Species: The Two-lined Salamanders, E. aquatica and E. cirrigera, do not have a mid-dorsal stripe and are typically smaller, with unmarked bellies.
Habitat: Streams, stream margins, and riparian areas.
Reproduction: Suspected to breed in fall and winter.
Habitat: Typically found in or near water sources like streams, springs, seepages or cave mouths. Found in forested floodplains in Deep South.
Behavior: Larvae feed on small invertebrates in slow moving waters and typically transform in less than a year. Adults will display defensive posturing when attacked and coil its body so as to tuck its head under the base of its tail and raise and wag its tail.
Did You Know?
While many caterpillars make cocoons to molt into moths and butterflies, some, like the Hickory Horned Devil, bury themselves in the ground over the winter emerging in the Spring fully changed.