The use of an anthropogenic structure by Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)

David L. LeGros


Eastern Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) are abundant in much of eastern North America. Although they typically live on the forest floor, individuals may venture off the ground while foraging. An adult salamander was observed using a backcountry privy as cover; after being displaced, it returned to the original location within 9 h. Furthermore, the salamander scaled a 50-cm vertical height to return to that location. The salamander may have been using the privy as part of its territory and feeding on flies attracted by the faecal matter inside.


Eastern Red-backed Salamander; Plethodon cinereus; homing; climbing; foraging; territoriality; Algonquin Provincial Park; Ontario

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