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Northern Spring Salamander

One of our largest salamanders is the Spring Salamander which can reach lengths of 7.5 inches. Large, robust heavy bodied species. The color and pattern differs with age. The background color is salmon to pinkish orange with diffused strokes or spots that may form a reticulated pattern. The line from the eyes to their mouth is known as the canthus rostralis, thought to be used as sight lines to line up prey.

They are found in cool springs, spring seeps, and fast-flowing mountain streams with rocky substrate. Spring Salamanders are predators and will eat other salamanders. This one was found in an area near Hemlock Lake County Park in northeast Indiana County.