Spring Salamander Gyrinophilus porphyriticusWestern MD only    Synonyms: Gyrinophilus porphyriticus porphyriticus, Northern Spring Salamander.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Amphibia   >   Order Caudata   >   Family Plethodontidae   >   Genus Gyrinophilus   

Status:

The Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus) is a fairly large, heavy-bodied salamander of small streams and seeps, often spring-fed. In Maryland, it is restricted to the Piedmont west into the mountains. The gilled larvae are fully aquatic, while the active adults are often found away from water, especially after rain. The breeding season ranges from late autumn into winter (Conant & Collins 1998; Maryland DNR site; Bishop, 1943).

Description:

Spring Salamanders have a conspicuous pale ridge (the canthus rostralis) laterally from the eye to the front of the snout.

There are 55 records in the project database.

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Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Justin Lee, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Justin Lee via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Justin Lee, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Justin Lee via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (11/5/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

A Spring Salamander in Forest Co., Pennsylvania (8/24/2008). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

A Spring Salamander in Howard Co., Maryland (8/28/2010). Photo by Kevin Crocetti. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/9/2020). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) chance2crowns, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by chance2crowns via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Washington Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/14/2023). (c) Mike Mosser, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Mike Mosser via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (4/6/2022). (c) aaron graham, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by aaron_graham via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/18/2019). (c) Jacqueline Raiford, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by jraiford via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/9/2020). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Washington Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Emilio Concari, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/24/2014). (c) John Harvey, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by John Harvey via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Justin Lee, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Justin Lee via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/3/2022). (c) Mike Mosser, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Mike Mosser via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (4/12/2022). (c) Alina Martin, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Alina Martin via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Spring Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Alina Martin, some rights reserved (CC BY). Photo by Alina Martin via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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