Longtail Salamander

Eurycea longicauda longicauda

Longtail Salamander
Photo by Robert Rold Photography
Description:  The Longtail Salamander ranges in size from 4-7 inches.  Coloration is primarily yellow (sometimes orange to red) with black markings.  The black markings form vertical chevrons on the tail, making it the only salamander in Kentucky with vertical slashes on the tail.  Larvae are found in streams, and have short gills and a dorsal fin on tail.

Habitat:  Found in woodlands, rocky streams and cave entrances.

Behavior:  Mating occurs in fall and winter.  Eggs are laid in water during the fall and winter.  Usually found near water, the Longtail Salamander may move into adjacent uplands during periods of heavy rain.

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