Tiny Baby Redback Salamander

Plethodon cinereus

Tiny baby redback salamander posed next to a coin.

Tiny baby Plethodon cinereus salamander.

Red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) guard clutches of eggs in secure hiding spots, like small cavities under logs. After hatching, the tiny baby salamanders move out into the forest seeking safe places to hide and wee little invertebrates to eat. The photos here show just how small these hatchling salamanders are. Of course, they aren't the only tiny amphibian. Many other amphibians like metamorphosing American Toads and Spring Peepers are also quite small.

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
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