The Mississippi slimy salamander is a woodland salamander (Genus Plethodon) found in a variety of habitats throughout the state. They also range into Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This species looks similar to the other members of the Plethodon glutinosis complex: black body with small white spots. The underside may be lighter than the dorsum. Males have a small circular gland called a mental gland under the chin, which is used for mating behaviors. When provoked, slimy salamanders can produce a sticky, glue-like substance from their tails.
- Black body with small white spots (sometimes spotting is reduced)
Woodlands, often near sources of water (Powell et al., 2016)
Generally utilizes natural structures like rocks and logs for shelter
Various small invertebrates