Plethodon albagula Western Slimy Salamander
Pickle Springs Natural Area, Sainte Genevieve County, MissouriApril 26, 2008
Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)
Yet another in the long series of species carved out of what used to be considered a single species, Plethodon glutinosus. I think of these as the "slender salamanders of the east" because, as with the slender salamanders, there are a large number of species distinguished primarily only by DNA differences.
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Bandera County, TexasApril 11, 2010
Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)
Lost Maples State Natural Area is near the western edge of the westernmost "island" in the range of this species, the westernmost of the numerous species of slimy salamander. So this Western Slimy Salamander was really living up to its name. Other than that, it was mostly just hiding under a log.
Petit Jean State Park, Conway County, ArkansasApril 19, 2011
Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)
Slimy salamanders get their name from their sticky skin secretions. These same secretions make it hard to get a photo of one that doesn't have stuff stuck to it.
Hot Springs National Park, Garland County, ArkansasApril 22, 2011
Western Slimy Salamander (Plethodon albagula)
This one might possibly be free of stuff stuck to it. And I might possibly have used my water bottle to make it so a few minutes earlier.
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