Native SpeciesNorthern red-backed salamander

Plethodon cinerus
FOUND by 34bGreenTeam
Wells Maine
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Jace from Green Team
Peer reviewed by Mr.I
Field Notes
I'm happy that we found a salamander.We found egg masses. I'm surprised the the pond is so dried up.I saw 4 frogs.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Its red and it has black surroundings
Photo of my evidence.
It has slimy skin.
Photo of my evidence.
We found it on land
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Plethodon cinerus
Common name:
Northern red-backed salamander
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.319732 °
W -70.594758 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Freshwater - In a developed area
Trip Information
WES Vernal Pool May 2015
Trip date: 
Tue, 2015-06-02 09:34
Town or city: 
Wells Maine
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
MIDAS Code: 


Wow 34bGreenTeam, what a wonderful sketch! You really captured the beauty of these amazing animals. I've submitted your sketch for the Best of Vital Signs page. Great evidence photo too!

Thanks for posting,

I love all of your sketches of the red-backed salamander. You said that your method of capture was with a net. Did you really catch this salamander with a net in the pond, or did you find it looking under rocks, logs, and leaves around the pond? Red-backed salamanders are completely terrestrial. While they require cool, moist conditions to survive, they do not lay eggs in ponds. Instead, they lay eggs under ground, and the baby salamanders hatch out as miniature versions of the adults.