Mud Salamander - Pseudotriton montanus

Mud_Salamander

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: Only the Gulf Coast Mud Salamander, Pseudotriton montanus flavissimus, occurs within Louisiana.

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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Extreme eastern Florida Parishes of Washington and St. Tammany.

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Global Conservation Status:  Mud Salamanders have a relatively wide distribution in the eastern United States and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G3G4 (Vulnerable to Apparently Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Mud Salamanders have a ranking of S1 (critically imperiled because of extreme rarity – 5 or fewer known extant populations) in Louisiana. In Louisiana, Mud Salamanders have a State Protection Status of ‘prohibited’, meaning possession or harvest of this species is illegal.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I found my first and only individual of this species in Louisiana in December 2016, but have rarely herped in its range in likely habitats. I have only seen one other individual and it was from Coffee County, Tennessee.

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