plethore is Greek meaning "fullness or full of", odon is Greek for "teeth". Referring to the number of paravomerine and vomerine teeth.
4.5 - 7 in. (11.5 - 18 cm)
|Virginia Record Length:|
8.7 in. (22.1 cm)
Virginia Wildlife Action Plan Rating Tier IV - Moderate Conservation Need - The species may be rare in parts of its range, particularly on the periphery. Populations of these species have demonstrated a significant declining trend or one is suspected which, if continued, is likely to qualify this species for a higher tier in the foreseeable future. Long-term planning is necessary to stabilize or increase populations.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Belly and throat lightly pigmented and sometimes blotched, lighter than back; costal grooves usually 15, occasionally 16; intercostal folds between toes of appressed limbs 0-1; length to 165 mm *1009*; bright red back and profuse gray or white spotting on lower sides *1014*.
BEHAVIOR: Occurs between 3200 and 5000 feet on wooded slopes of mountains; hides by day beneath logs and stone or occasionally beneath the bark of a rotted log *1009*; inhabits hillsides and ravines, often where rock slides are thickly carpeted with mosses and ferns *1014*.
REPRODUCTION: It is believed that eggs are laid underground with direct development following, hatching is thought to occur in late summer and fall; it is thought that they become sexually mature at 4 years or more of age *10812*.
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