Pygmy salamander

The Pygmy salamander is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Pygmy Salamander (Desmognathus wrighti) is a species of salamander in the Plethodontidae family. It is endemic to the United States. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, intermittent rivers, and freshwater springs. It is threatened by habitat loss. More

Description: The pygmy salamander is a tiny salamander. Although the coloration of the back is variable, all individuals have an obvious chevron pattern down the back. As in most Desmognathus, a light line is present from the eye to the back of the jaw. More

Salamanders vary in size from the tiny Pygmy salamander, which is less than 2 inches long, to the Hellbender, which reaches nearly 30 inches. Some such as the spotted salamander spend most of their time underground where it is moister and it has fewer enemies. More

The pygmy salamander is one of the smallest species of salamanders in Tennessee. Ranging from 3.7-5.1 cm long, this petite attractive species has a dark herringbone pattern on the back over a reddish-brown to coppery-colored stripe. More

Mexican pygmy salamander (Thorius) to 36 cm (14 inches) in Bell’s false brook salamander (Pseudoeurycea bellii). The length of the animal’s tail usually equals or slightly exceeds its head and body length. Most plethodontid species are between 40 and 120 mm (1.6 and 4. More

range in size from the diminutive 2-inch pygmy salamander, found in spruce-fir Appalachian forests, to the 2- to 4-foot-long two-toed amphiuma, a ditch-dwelling Southeastern species that resembles an eel. More

Picture of Desmognathus wrighti has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
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Order : Caudata
Family : Plethodontidae
Genus : Desmognathus
Species : wrighti
Authority : King, 1936