Ranges through the southern midwest into the northeastern states; from eastern Oklahoma through northern Arkansas and most of Missouri, then stretching northeast through the states that lie west of the Appalachian Mountains, and as far north as southern New York.
Frequently found around cave openings and surrounding woodlands or springs. It will also inhabit abandoned mines and likes to hide in rock crevices or under logs.
Usually distinguished by its bright yellow to orange coloration with black spots all over, this salamander averages 4.8 inches in total length. It has well-developed legs and a laterally compressed tail. Its head is wide and flat.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians