Scientific name : Plethodon meridianus
Family : Plethodontidae
Native to : North Carolina, United States
Interesting fact : They belong to the family of lungless salamanders that breathe through their moist skins.
Conservation status : Vulnerable
Named after its geographical location, the South mountain grey-cheeked salamander is dark grey with light grey cheek patches. They like to hide under rocks, logs and plant debris in habitats such as mountainous forests. They forage the forest floor in the night looking for small insects. As a defence against predators, they release sticky skin toxins.