Plethodon glutinosus — Northern Slimy Salamander
This large and, wait for it, slimy salamander was one of a pair under a log. Its sliminess caused detritus to stick to it. I found the pair fairly early in the day, but then managed to find no other salamanders all day. (Weep for me.)
The range of this species was drastically reduced when, after DNA studies, it was split into thirteen (count 'em) separate species. P. glutinosus at least got to retain the largest range of any of the thirteen species.
There are quite a few interesting salamander species to be found on the legendary Snake Road, but somehow I managed to find only this one specimen. Still, at least it was an attractive salamander.
I was hoping to see a selection of salamander species in a few days that we stayed near Trenton, Georgia, but there was not a selection of salamander species to see, only this one. Not that there's anything wrong with this salamander, mind you.
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