Red-backed Salamander

Native Amphibians & Reptiles

Redback Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)

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.

Upcoming Events

Jul
24
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 2
Becoming a Naturalist Week 2
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A walk and talk looking at the native and introduced mammals still found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief presentation, we’ll head off
Jul
31
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 2
Young Ecologists Week 2
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of