This is a small, delicately built salamander, usually less than 10 cm in length. There is usually a broad reddish brown stripe down its back from snout to tail, identifying this salamander. If the stripe is absent, the sides and back are a uniform slate grey. This salamander is strictly terrestrial, living and breeding in the deep shade of mixed forests, feeding on small invertebrates. Redbacks can usually be found under rotten logs or moist leaf litter. Eggs are laid in moist cavities of rotten logs and the young hatch out as miniature adults.