Appearance Summary: Plethodon hubrichti is a small terrestrial salamander with a slender body and short tail. It has a light brown to grayish-brown dorsal coloration with a dark brown to black middorsal stripe. Its ventral coloration is white to yellowish-white with dark spots. It has a distinct yellowish-orange stripe on each side of its body, extending from the head to the tail. It has a wide head with a pointed snout and small eyes. Its limbs are short and stout, and its toes are long and slender. It has a smooth, slimy skin and a tail that is slightly flattened.
Facial description: Plethodon hubrichti has a small, rounded head with a pointed snout and small eyes. Its body is covered in small, dark brown or black spots, and its back is usually a lighter brown or gray. It has a light-colored belly and a light stripe running down its back. Its tail is short and blunt.
What are the distinct features of Peaks of Otter Salamander? Small size, dark gray to black dorsum, yellowish venter, yellowish spots on dorsum, yellowish stripes on sides, yellowish spots on head, yellowish spots on tail, vocalizations consisting of a series of clicks, creaks, and trills, terrestrial, nocturnal, secretive, hides under rocks and logs, prefers moist habitats, found in the Appalachian Mountains
What makes them unique?
Peaks of Otter Salamander body color description: Brown, gray, black, and yellow.
skin type: The Plethodon hubrichti has a smooth, slimy, and moist exterior texture. Its skin is covered in small, granular scales that are slightly raised and give it a bumpy texture.
Strengths: Camouflage, Nocturnal, Cold-blooded, Small size, Adaptability, Long life span
Weaknesses: Low dispersal ability, Limited habitat range, Low reproductive rate, Susceptible to environmental changes, Susceptible to predation, Susceptible to disease