|Common Name:||Black Mountain Salamander|
|Scientific Name:||Desmognathus welteri|
|Genus:||desmos is Greek for "ligament", gnathos is Greek for "jaw" - This refers to the bundle of ligaments holding the jaw.|
|Species:||welteri is in honor of Dr. Wilfred August Welter (1906-1939).|
|Average Length:||3 - 5 in. (7.5 - 12. 5 cm)|
|Virginia Record Length:|
|Record length:||6.7 in. (17 cm)|
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 80-170 mm; brown; usually with scattered dark spots but occasionally uniformly tan above; venter is yellow, lightly mottled with dark pigment; toes dark-tipped *1014*.
REPRODUCTION: Clutch=26; eggs laid in spring and summer *1014*. Habitat: Large turbulent brooks; live under stones and crevices in splash zone; larvae and juveniles inhabit spring seep tributaries *1014*; found in mountain springs, brooks, and pools; under stones and logs either in or near water *2077*; female coils around eggs; larval stage lasts nearly 2 years *1014*.
References for Life History
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