Flat-headed Salamander
Desmognathus planiceps

Common Name:

Flat-headed Salamander

Scientific Name:

Desmognathus planiceps


desmos is Greek for "ligament", gnathos is Greek for "jaw" - This refers to the bundle of ligaments holding the jaw.


plethore is Greek meaning "fullness or full of",  odon is Greek for "teeth". Referring to the number of paravomerine and vomerine teeth.



Average Length:

Up to 5.5 inches (140 mm) in total length.

Virginia Record Length:

Record length:

For additional information on this species see: http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/lkatz/documents/Tilley_Desmog.pdf


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Verified County/City Occurrence

Floyd County
Franklin County
Patrick County
Pittsylvania County
Roanoke County
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