Tiny range on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in west central Virginia.
This salamander lives on the floors of mature hardwood forests at elevations above 845 meters. It prefers deep, moist soil with lots of rocks and logs for shelter. It particularly likes rhododendron thickets, but will be found beneath other types of vegetation.
A long, slender salamander with dark brown to black coloration and a dense strip of light blotches down its back. It has a narrow head, skinny legs, and 19 costal grooves. It reaches about 4 cm in snout to vent length, with a tail that can be slightly longer than the body. Its ventrum is light grey and unmarked.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians