Range: eastern & central TN (recently split from spotted dusky sal in western), extremely abundant
Habitat: brooks, near streams, and in seepage areas, but most commonly along edges of small woodland streams where stones, chunks of wood, and debris provide shelter for salamanders and their food
Reproduction: breeds in fall & spring; eggs are attached to the undersides of rocks, logs, or other substrates in or near water. If hatched on land, larvae immediately move to the water for the aquatic stage.
Behavior: Will bite predators (e.g., garter snakes) if attacked and will autotomize their tails to flee; tails are not lost as readily as those of some woodland salamanders (e.g., zigzag salamanders)
Diet: insects and other arthropods, such as spiders
Northern Dusky Salamander - Desmognathus fuscus