Discover Maryland's Herps

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

Northern Two-Lined Salamander
(Eurycea bislineata)

Adult photo of Northern Two-Lined Salamander courtesy of John White
Adult Photo of Northern Two-Lined Salamander courtesy of John White


  • 2 - 3 in.

  • Record - 4 in.

  • Appearance

  • A small and slender stream salamander with a greenish-yellow or orange back with two parallel dark brown or black lines running the length of the body. 

  • Lines may be complete or somewhat broken. 

  • Area between lines contains many scattered black spots or blotches, which may also extend down the sides below the lines.

  • The belly is yellowish.

  • Habitat photo courtesy of  Matt Kline
    Habitat Photo for Northern Two-Lined Salamander
    courtesy of  Matt Kline


  • Under rocks and logs along the margins of small streams or seeps within deciduous and mixed forests. 

  • It also may occur in the forest floor far from streams during warm wet weather.

  • Maryland Distribution Map
    Maryland Distribution Map of Northern Two-lined Salamander

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