Recognized Subspecies in VA: None
Size: 2.5 - 4 inches
Range: Mount Rogers Area east to Meadows of Dan
Status: Tier III
This species can be found in and along creeks in forest across their range. Flipping rocks and logs is by far the best way to find any Two-lined species, but they can be found by road cruising as well. Blue Ridge Two-lined Salamanders do often move up throughout the forest, sometimes a good ways from water.
The Blue Ridge Two-lined Salamander is a golden color, with a brighter yellow tail while in nonbreeding colors. They have a black line down the lateral on each side of the dorsal, often turning into a broken line on the tail. They typically have randomly arranged black spots down the dorsal, and clean yellow bellies. In breeding, these salamanders can turn bright yellow to orange.
Similar Species: The Southern Two-lined Salamander is extremely similar, but the Blue Ridge has a much cleaner, and bolder pattern. Range can also be a great way to distinguish these two species.
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