Kern Canyon Slender Salamander


Scientific name : Batrachoseps simatus

Family : Plethodontidae

Native to : Kern County in California

Interesting fact : Like most salamanders of the family, they are lungless salamanders breathing through their skins.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

These 5 cm long salamanders are shiny and dark brown covered in reddish spots. They have narrow heads with relatively longer limbs and long tails. They are fond of areas that are seasonally moist and hide under leaf litter, rocks and logs. They become active after a spell of rain. Their diet consists of small insects.

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