Plethodon complex salamander

Yesterday, March 12, I photographed a salamander in the yard. After I did an initial search for an ID, I sent the photos to Bill Dunson. He forwarded them to a couple of experts and recommended that I send the pics to the president of the Virginia Herpetological Society, which I did.

Slimy salamanders (Plethodon) are lungless and do not have an aquatic larval stage. They live under logs and wander leaf litter in wooded areas, feeding on insects and other small invertebrates. Their skin is covered with a gummy substance that is difficult to wash off if you get it on your fingers.

Here are the pics.