Red salamander

Red salamanders are easy to identify: bright red with black spots and bright yellow eyes

John P Clare

The red salamander can be found in many environments throughout much of the eastern United States, but it is most prevalent in streams, springs, and small creeks. They hide behind logs and rocks during the day and hunt for invertebrates and small vertebrate prey at night.
They resemble the extremely toxic red newt in appearance. Some predators steer clear of them as a result.

They have been reported to live up to 20 years in the wild. The IUCN Red List classifies red salamanders as a “least concern” species since they are frequently found in protected areas.


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