Tehachapi Slender Salamander


Scientific name : Batrachoseps stebbinsi

Family : Plethodontidae

Native to : California, United States

Interesting fact : As a way of defence, they detach their tails which wriggle and distract the predator. These tails can then grow back.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

The Tehachapi slender salamander is dark brown with shimmering speckles of copper red and silver forming an indistinct stripe on its back. They are lungless salamanders that breathe through their skins. Feeding on insects, spiders, snails and sowbugs, they inhabit moist canyons and ravines containing oak woodlands. They hide under leaf litter, logs and rocks.

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