Amphibian Species Accountsfor Metro Atlanta

Information on each species native to Metro Atlanta, including identification characteristics — with images of adults, eggs, larvae and juveniles. Also wetland type, seasonality and frog calls.

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Pseudotrition ruber 

Red Salamanders are a commonly encountered species in metro Atlanta. They are orange-red in color with black irregular spots. The background color gets darker with age to a brown or purple-brown. They can be confused with the Mud Salamander but can be distinguished in several ways.

1) The spots on a Red Salamander are irregularly shaped and can be overlapping; Mud Salamanders have round spots which do not overlap.
2) The eyes of a Red Salamander are yellow or brassy in color; Mud Salamanders have dark eyes.
3) There is a strong contrast in the coloration between the back and belly with Mud Salamanders; this contrast is lacking with the Red Salamanders

They can be found in and around streams, particularly in summer and fall when courtship and breeding occurs. Larvae aggregate in slow moving portions of streams and metamorphose after 2-3 years.

Red Salamanders are KNOWN from both Fulton and Dekalb counties.

 

Adult Female With Eggs

Adult Female With Eggs

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Larva Head

Juvenile

Juvenile

Variations of the Red Salamander

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