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Eastern Red-backed Salamander

Our most abundant salamander is the Eastern Red-backed. They can be found living under rocks and logs. The Eastern Red-backed is a terrestrial salamander that lays it eggs underground. The female stays with the eggs to protect them until they hatch. When hatched the young salamanders are miniature versions of the adults. They are easily identified by the red stripe down their back. There is a black phase of the Eastern Red-backed known as the Lead-backed phase. The Lead-backed phase is less common in Indiana County than the red phase.