Discover Maryland's Herps

Field Guide to Maryland's Salamanders and Newts
(Order Caudata)

Eastern Mud Salamander
(Pseudotriton montanus montanus)

Photo 1: Adult photo of Eastern Mud Salamander courtesy of John White
Adult photo of Eastern Mud Salamander
courtesy of John White

Size

  • 3 - 6 in. 

  • Record - 8⅛ inches.

  • Appearance

  • Red, reddish brown to chocolate back and sides with few round, well-separated black spots extending to sides. 

  • The diagnostic feature is the brown eyes (compared to yellow in Northern Red Salamander).

  • Photo 5: Habitat photo of Eastern Mud Salamander courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
    Habitat photo for Eastern Mud Salamander
    courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers

    Habitats

  • Muddy areas of springs, and seeps along small streams.

  • Maryland Distribution Map
    Maryland Distribution Map of Eastern Mud Salamander

    Status

    This is an extremely rare (or overlooked) species in Maryland that is currently on the State’s Watchlist.  If you find any please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.

     

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