Southern Two-lined Salamander


Scientific Name: Eurycea cirrigera
Size: 2.5 – 3.75”
Status: A recently identified inhabitant of Michigan; current status and distribution within the state unknown. Further study warranted.
Southern Two-lined Salamander



Found near rocky brooks, spring seeps, and spring fed streams in moist forests

Adult Coloration:

Yellow or tan with two dark stripes from eyes to tail. Black spots present between stripes. Belly solid yellow.

Adult Characteristics:

Slender salamander with small short legs and a long rounded tail.Nasolabial grooves (groove from nostril to corner of mouth). During breeding season, males will have extended nasolabial grooves that form cirri (downward projections) from the upper lip. 14 costal grooves between limbs (grooves between rib-like ridges that run down the sides of the body).

Larvae Characteristics:

Slender with low tail fin and long gills. Back with paired light spots and a central pale stripe.

Species Confused With:

Unlikely to be confused with other Plethodontids (Red-backed Salamander and Four-toed Salamander) due to distinct pale yellow coloration.


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