Limestone Salamander


Scientific name : Hydromantes brunus

Family : Plethodontidae

Native to : California, United States

Interesting fact : During extremes of temperature they go into a state of slow metabolism to conserve energy. This is called going into ‘torpor’.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

Living within a range of only 20 miles are the limestone salamanders with a total of less than 2000. They are uniformly brown with large bulging eyes, flattened bodies and webbed toes. These lungless salamanders breathe through their skins and feed on a variety of insects. They are found hiding under limestone crevices, rocks and logs.

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