Salamanders and Newts

Click on the photograph below that looks most like the animal you've observed and learn more about that specific salamander or newt.


Family: Ambystomatidae

  • Photograph of dark salamander with large yellow spots.

    Spotted Salamander

    The Spotted Salamander can be found in hardwood forest near water sources; hillsides around pools, and flooded depressions.

  • Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma_opacum) sitting on brown leaf litter.

    Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma_opacum)

    The Marbled Salamander can be found in woodlands and hillsides ranging from low swampy areas to relatively dry areas.


Family: Plethodontidae

  • Photograph of salamander with dusky tan to dark brown back color and mottled sides.

    Dusky Salamander

    Look for Dusky Salamanders in mucky or rock-strewn areas along woodland creeks, seepag, springs, floodplains, upland streams etc.

  • Photograph of grayish salamander with lighter areas of brown splotches.

    Seal Salamander

    Seal Salamanders prefer stream banks, sides of small rocky spring fed brooks, and hardwood shaded ravines. Find them hiding under rocks.

  • Photo of salamander with yellowish skin with two stripes running from the eyes to the tail.

    Two-lined Salamander

    The Two-lined Salamander prefers the edges or rocks along or in brooks, streams, springs, river swamps, seepages, and floodplain bottoms.

  • Photograph of salamander with 3 tan and 2 yellow stripes from head to tail.

    Three-lined Salamander

    The Three-lined Salamander is can be found in or near water sources like streams, springs, seepage and forested floodplains in Deep South.

  • Photo of salamander that is salmon in color and a light strip running from eye to nostril.

    Spring Salamander

    The Spring Salamander prefers shady wet areas with clear running water; springs, clear mountain brooks, seepage.

  • Photo of shiny black salamander with well scattered spots. Spots may be larger or small.

    Slimy Salamander

    The Slimy Salamander is typically more active at night especially after rains or during humid conditions. Not active during a drought.

  • Photograph of salamander with a red back.

    Southern Red-Backed Salamander

    The Southern Red-Backed Salamander is commonly found under rocks, logs or leaf litter in moist woodlands or mesic hardwood forests.

  • Photo of a large and stout salamander with orange colored body and many irregular black spots.

    Red Salamander

    The Red Salamander is found under rocks or leaf litter in cool forested areas near water; springs, seepage, brooks, swamps, meadows, etc.


Family: Salamamdridae

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    Eastern Newt

    Commonly found foraging in shallow water, quiet stretches or backwaters of streams, swamps lakes and ponds.

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Last updated: October 15, 2021

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