Tiny range on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California; specifically in the Merced River Canyon.
This species lives on steep canyon slopes in moist areas with mossy limestone, chaparral, and rocks and logs for hiding. It will take shelter in caves and rock crevices.
This pudgy salamander with well-developed legs has a compact body, relatively short tail, and a wide, flat head. It has 13 costal grooves and partially webbed toes. It averages 6.5-7 cm in snout to vent length. Juveniles start out greenish yellow and they transition to dark brown with age. Its ventrum is light grey.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians