Limited range in the mountains of south central New Mexico, primarily in Lincoln National Forest.
This salamander is found in mountain habitats above 7900 feet. It is most prevalent in spruce and fir forests on north and east facing slopes. Like most salamanders, it spends much of its time hidden under moist leaf litter, rocks, or rotting logs. At higher elevations, it can be found in moss and lichen-covered rock habitats.
A brown mottled salamander with 14-15 costal grooves and long, well-developed legs. It has a wide, flat head with bulging eyes, and a rounded tail that's shorter or equal in length to its body. Mottled pattern is typically light brown to bronze on a dark brown background color. Adults reach 4.3 cm in snout to vent length.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians