Cheat Mountain Salamander

The Cheat Mountain salamander (Plethodon nettingi) is a small, threatened woodland salamander found only on Cheat Mountain, and a few nearby mountains, in the eastern highlands of West Virginia. It and the West Virginia Spring Salamander are the only vertebrate species with ranges restricted to that state.

The Cheat Mountain salamander (CMS) has decreased in population due to destruction of its original red spruce forest habitat, as well as by pollution, drought, forest storm damage, and by competition with other salamanders, especially its relative, the red backed salamander.

Read more about Cheat Mountain Salamander:  Description, Taxonomy, Range, Habitat, Diet, Behavior and Reproduction, Conservation

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