Hemidactylium scutatum (State Status: S2; imperiled)
While common on the east coast and northeast US, H. scutatum is only sparsely found in a few areas of central and eastern Mississippi. They are small rusty-colored salamanders with a light underside with black spots. Four toes are present on each limb.
- Four toes on each limb
- Constriction at base of tail (separates from dwarf salamanders)
- Belly white with black spots
Found near sphagnum or boggy wooded wetlands
Generally utilizes natural structures like rocks and logs for shelter
Various small invertebrates