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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) - Pl.25, SJI Park Linwood, NJ

Excerpt from: “Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of New Jersey”
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Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) - Pl.25
Identification: 2 1/4" - 5". The Redback Salamander is a skinny little salamander that comes in two distinct
forms: (1) redback (red phase) has a red, orange, yellow or gray stripe with straight borders, running from
the base of the head to the tail; (2) leadback (lead phase) has a dark gray or black back which blends into the
sides. In both forms, the coloration looks mottled or speckled. The sides are dark. The underside is mottled
with black and white or yellow. A few individuals may be all red.


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