Northern Dusky Salamander*

Northern dusky salamander* Desmognathus fuscus

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Identification: The northern dusky salamander is, on average, between 2.5 and 4.5 inches long. The back of this salamander is yellow/brown to black, with the rest of the body typically being dark gray or brown. There will be 14 costal grooves (along the back/sides of the body). The hind legs will be more compressed than the front legs.

Habitat: This salamander is most commonly found along woodland streams under logs, rocks, moss, and wet leaves. It is also found in brooks and near springs. The northern dusky salamander is found throughout New Hampshire, except for in springs near the seacoast.

Other: The northern dusky salamander hibernates under logs and rocks in deeper water. They also burrow 30-50cm under the soil during the winter.