Discover Maryland's Herps

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

Northern Spring Salamander
(Gyrinophilus porphyriticus porphyriticus)

Photo 1: Adult photo of Northern Spring Salamander courtesy of Lori Erb
Adult Photo of Northern Spring Salamander courtesy of Lori Erb

Size

  • 4 - 7 in. 

  • Record – 8 ⅝ in.

  • Appearance

  • A large lungless salamander. 

  • Stout-bodied with a keeled tail. 

  • Almond to brownish pink or orange or reddish brown. 

  • Variable patterns may be muted, darker shades. 

  • A light line runs from eye to nostril along a raised ridge.

  • Habitat photo for Northern Spring Salamander courtesy of Matt Kline
    Habitat Photo for Northern Spring Salamander courtesy of Matt Kline

    Habitat

  • Springs, shaded seepages, mountain brooks, wet caves and depressions. 

  • Small headwater streams that lack predatory fish.

  • These animals may move farther from their aquatic home range after rainstorms. 

  • Between 300 and 6,600 feet in elevation.

  • Maryland Distribution Map
    Maryland Distribution Map of Northern Spring Salamander

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