Arboreal Salamander

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Aneides lugubris
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Order: Caudata
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Family: Plethodontidae
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Genus: Aneides
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Species: A. lugubris
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Binomial name
Aneides lugubris
Hallowell, 1849
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Aneides lugubris, the Arboreal salamander, is a species of climbing salamander. They are large, 5.1 to 8.1 cm, with plain purplish-brown coloring, usually spotted dorsally with gold or yellow, although they may also be unspotted. These salamanders have a large, triangular shaped head and large squared off toes.

Juveniles are dark overall, clouded with greyish color and fine yellow speckling on the back. They have rust markings on their snout, along their tail and on their sides above the forelimbs.

Male salamanders of this species can be distinguished by their broad triangular shaped head, with the front teeth of the jaw extend beyond the bottom lip.

This species is an excellent climber and difficult to capture. Large adults can inflict a painful bite. It is primarily associated with oak and sycamore woodlands, and thick chaparral.

An albino Aneides lugubris found in Lafayette, California.


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