Midland Mud Salamander

Pseudotriton diastictus
Jefferson Co., Kentucky. May 6, 2006

I found this little beauty in a ditch next to a two-lane road, hiding under a small section of log just a few inches away from the asphalt shoulder. I happened to pass though the area again a few days later, and stopped on a whim for another look. The muddie was still under its log (see second photo).

Formerly classified as the subspecies Pseudotriton montanus diastictus, but was recognized as a distinct species by Collins, 1991, Herpetol. Rev., 22: 43. That may change again.


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