Northern Slimy Salamander Plethodon glutinosus (Green, 1818)  

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Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) is a fairly large woodland salamander, black with numerous white spots. Genetic work on slimy salamander (sensu lato) determined that it was actually a complex of thirteen cryptic, allopatric species, essentially identical in external appearance. The populations from Maryland are considered P. glutinosus. These salamanders prefer moister habitats, like hillsides or ravines, where they often hide under logs or rocks. They are well-known for their sticky mucous secretions, which are viscous and tough to clean off hands (Conant & Collins, 1998; Maryland DNR site). Northern Slimy Salamander ranges from the piedmont into Garrett Co., and are generally much more common in the western counties. They breed in late summer and autumn.

There are 327 records in the project database.

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A Northern Slimy Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/5/2016). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

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

A Northern Slimy Salamander in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/9/2007). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Northern Slimy Salamander in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/25/2015). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Northern Slimy Salamander in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/28/2015). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A Northern Slimy Salamander in Allegany Co., Maryland (5/4/2019). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)


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