What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  Amphibian?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Michigan, Holland
Date: 10/07/2017
Time: 09:07 PM EDT
Came on my stoop during a rainstorm
How you want your letter signed: Brian

Red-Backed Salamandar

Dear Brian,
This is definitely a Salamandar, an Amphibian.  We looked at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Salamandar page, and your individual looks most like the Red-Backed Salamandar,
Plethodon cinereus.  According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:  “A thin bodied little salamander that occurs in two common color phases. The ‘redback’ phase has a reddish or orange stripe down the back and tail, bordered by darker sides. The ‘leadback’ phase lacks the stripe, and has a dark colored back, sometimes speckled with faint light spots. In both the belly is mottled with a white and gray ‘salt and pepper’ pattern. Adults are 2.3 to 5 inches (5.8 to 12.7 cm) long.”  The site also states:  “Found state wide in woodlands, especially deciduous woods with thick leaf litter and many decaying logs or stumps. Food is mostly small insects and other invertebrates.”


What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Holland, Michigan

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