Spring Salamander Gyrinophilus porphyriticusWestern MD only  Synonyms: Gyrinophilus porphyriticus porphyriticus, Northern Spring Salamander.


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).


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

There are 19 records in the project database.

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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)

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