Eastern United States and Canada from southern Quebec and southern Maine to northeastern Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Georgia.
Inhabit smaller streams, springs, seepages, and caves. Can sometimes be found in swamps or on edges of lakes. During rainy weather, spotted in wet wooded areas far from permanent water sources. Hide under rocks and logs during the day but hunt for invertebrates and vertebrates during the night.
Dorsum either yellowish brown or salmon with red coloring; mottling common. Venter is flesh colored; throat and belly possess small black flecks. Ridge with light coloring connects either eye to beginning of snout. Females lay clutches which can range from 20-100 eggs in number. Larvae metamorphose in 2 to 4 years after birth; reach sexual maturity about one year after metamorphosis.
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