Eastern Zigzag Salamander

Plethodon dorsalis dorsalis

Eastern Zigzag Salamander light phase Eastern Zigzag Salamander dark phase
Light Phase Dark Phase
Photo by Robert Rold Photography Photo by Robert Rold Photography
Description:  The Eastern Zigzag Salamander ranges in size from 2.5-3.5 inches long.  Coloration in the light phase is light tan with a reddish to brownish stripe.  The stripe has a wavy, curvy or zigzagged border.  The dark brown phase usually does show the dorsal stripe.  On the belly is orange to red mottling.

Habitat:  Found in woodlands and woodland streams and springs.

Behavior:  The Eastern Zigzag Salamander feeds on spiders, beetles, mites and other small invertebrates.  During hot weather, zigzag salamanders move underground to escape the heat.

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