An area of the Blue Ridge Mountains from southwestern North Carolina to southeastern Tennessee.
During cold seasons, inhabits streams and the areas immediately surrounding them. During warmer months, spends time in areas around water sources like forests. Species is hard to find in North Carolina due to small population sizes.
Comparable in appearance to two-lined salamanders. Dorsum is either olive or brown; brown markings down back. Tail is short and limbs are elongated. Females lay eggs by attaching them under rocks in streams; stay with eggs for protection. Larvae hatch with external gills; larval stage lasts for two to three years.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians