Clouded salamander

These lungless salamanders are adept climbers

Bill Bouton

These salamanders do not have anatomical features commonly observed in specialized climbing amphibian species (e.g., claws, setae, suction cups). Instead, climbing salamanders cling to surfaces using their mucous layer’s shear and adhesive properties. However, their large toes and prehensile tail might aid them in climbing.

These amphibians are usually dark brown or gray with yellow or white spots, and their underside has a cream coloration. As of now, their population is stable. But like many amphibians, the greatest threats to arboreal salamanders are habitat loss and pollution.


Population est.
United States
California, Oregon

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No