Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga) - Ohio Herp Atlas

Cave Salamander Eurycea lucifuga - Endangered

Length 4-6 in. (10-15 cm). The Cave Salamander occurs in Adams, Hamilton and Butler counties. Because of its highly limited occurrence in Ohio, the Cave Salamander is one of the four salamanders given protection as an endangered species by the Division of Wildlife. As the name implies, this amphibian prefers the dimly lighted zone near the entrance of wet limestone caves. However, it may also be encountered in wooded areas or along streams with a connection to groundwater, far removed from any known caves. Cave Salamanders are similar in appearance to the Long-tailed Salamander, but Cave Salamanders are more reddish and have no vertical black markings on the sides of the tail. ENDANGERED.

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Distribution Map
Distribution of the Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga)
Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga)