Frosted flatwoods salamander

With its smooth, glistening skin, it’s like a walking jewel glimmering in the moonlight

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

If you are looking for a unique and endangered amphibian, you might want to learn more about the frosted flatwoods salamander. It’s a small and slender creature that can grow up to 15 cm (6 in) long and has a silvery-gray or black body with white spots. It has a small head, short legs, and a long tail that helps it burrow underground.

This frosted flatwoods salamander has an extraordinary life cycle that makes it stand out from other salamanders. It undergoes a unique process called metamorphosis, transforming from an aquatic larva into a land-dwelling adult. It also spends most of its life in an elusive and secretive manner, making it a rare sight to behold.


Population est.
United States
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

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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