Red Salamander - Pseudotriton ruber


*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 Southern Red Salamander, Pseudotriton ruber vioscai, occurs within Louisiana.


Similar Species: 

Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Known only from the Florida Parishes of West Feliciana and Washington.


Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Red Salamanders have a relatively wide distribution in eastern North America and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Red Salamanders have a ranking of S2 (imperiled because of rarity – 6-20 known extant populations) in Louisiana. In Louisiana, Red 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 this species in Louisiana for the first time in late November 2018 in Washington Parish. We found two young individuals and four larva, one of which was small and the other three relatively large. I captured a couple individuals in October 2019 as well, including my first large adult. I have seen many individuals in Tennessee and elsewhere.

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