Discover Maryland's Herps

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

Wehrle’s Salamander
(Plethodon wehrlei)

Adult photo of Wehrle’s Salamander courtesy of Ed Thompson
Adult Photo of Wehrle’s Salamander courtesy of Ed Thompson


  • 4 - 1/4 in. 

  • Record – 6 5/8 in.

  • Appearance

  • Brown to brownish black with a row of bluish white to yellow irregular spots, blotches or irregular bands along the side. 

  • There may be brassy flecks or small white spots on the back. 

  • The belly is uniformly grey, except for the throat and upper chest, which may have white or yellowish blotches.

  • Wehrle's Salamander Habitat photo courtesy of Scott A. Smith
    Habitat Photo for Wehrle's Salamander courtesy of Scott A. Smith


  • This woodland salamander prefers forested hillsides and mountainous areas of deciduous and mixed forest types.

  • Often abundant on the drier areas of these forests.

  • They can be found on rocky ledges and flat rocks and in crevices; occasionally found in the openings of caves. 

  • Maryland Distribution Map
     Maryland Distribution Map of Wehrle's Salamander


    This species is rare and listed as In Need of Conservation. If you find any, please contact DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service.

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