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Shenandoah salamander (Plethodon shenandoah)

Federal Register | Recovery | Critical Habitat | Conservation Plans | Petitions | Life History

Listing Status:   


General Information

The Shenandoah salamander is a small terrestrial amphibian known only from three mountains, all within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It occurs on northwest to northeast facing talus slopes 2,900 feet above sea level. This is a slender, moderate-sized salamander with a total length of 3.5 to 4.5 inches. The body is dark brown, with two colors phases. The striped color phase has a narrow red to yellow stripe down the center of the back. In the unstripped phase, the back is dark brown with scattered brass-colored flecks. In both phases, white or yellow spots occur along the sides.

This species is listed wherever it is found, but
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
08/18/1989 Northeast Region (Region 5) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 5)
Date Citation Page Title
03-06-2012 77 FR 13251 13253 Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Nine Northeastern Species. Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.
01-23-2008 73 FR 3991 3993 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 10 Listed Species
08-18-1989 54 FR 34464 34468 ETWP; Determination of Threatened Status for the Cheat Mountain Salamander and Endangered Status for the Shenandoah Salamander; 54 FR 34464 34468
09-28-1988 53 FR 37814 37818 Proposal to Determine Threatened Status for Cheat Mountain Salamander & End. Status for Shenandoah Salamander; 53 FR 37814-37818
12-30-1982 47 FR 58454 58460 Review of Vertebrate Wildlife for Listing as End. or Thr. Species

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09/29/1994 Shenandoah Salamander View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents (Showing 2 of 2)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
03/06/2012 77 FR 13251 13253 Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Nine Northeastern Species. Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
01/23/2008 73 FR 3991 3993 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 10 Listed Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Shenandoah salamander, Entire.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Shenandoah salamander, Entire

» Petitions

No petition findings have been published for the Shenandoah salamander, Entire.

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

This woodland salamander has no aquatic stage. It is generally found in forested conditions, where the presence of an overstory promotes surface moisture. Respiration occurs through the skin surface, which must be kept constantly moist for this purpose. Primarily nocturnal, this salamander spends its days in rock crevices or under other objects; its movements are restricted during droughts.

Food Habits

The salamander's diet generally consists of mites, springtails, flies, small beetles, and other soil invertebrates.

Movement / Home Range

Activity and movements are restricted during dry periods.

Reproductive Strategy

Breeding takes place in late spring or summer. In contrast with most salamanders, complete development of the embryo takes place within the egg.Small egg clusters, containing three to seventeen eggs, are laid in damp logs, moss, or other available crevices, and the females guard the eggs. Incubation lasts one to three months, during which time the female does not forage for food. Females do not breed before four years of age, and breed only every other year. Adult survival is high, with small percentage surviving tewnty-five years or longer.


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