Pygmy salamander

One of the smallest and most terrestrial of all salamanders

Ken-ichi Ueda

They can be seen hiding under moss and decaying logs in humid forested sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains in the eastern United States. All individuals have a distinct chevron pattern down the back, even though the hue of the back varies. Particularly with rain, the night is when they are most active.

When threatened, pygmy salamanders become motionless and less attractive to predators. Because of their cryptic coloring and propensity to spend most of their time hiding, pygmy salamanders tend to avoid The species is now listed by the IUCN as having “least concern,” and it is reasonably widespread in the regions of its native habitat.


Population est.
United States

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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