Ranges throughout the middle of the eastern half of the United States. As far west as eastern Oklahoma, north to central Indiana, through the Appalachian mountains up to northern Virginia, and south to central Alabama.
True to its name, this species does live in the rocky crevices of caves, but it can also be found hundreds of meters outside cave entrances in moist forest habitats. They will hide under rocks and logs, and thrive near freshwater springs. Hiding between exposed rock like limestone is preferred by this salamander.
This vibrant yellow-orange salamander has uniform black spots, a very long prehensile tail, and long, well-developed legs. It has a flat, pointed head and large bulging eyes. It can reach 10-20 centimeters in total length, with the tail accounting for 60-65% of that. Their ventrum is solid pale, and they have 14-15 costal grooves on each side of their body.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians