Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

  Slimy salamander

At the Detroit Zoo
The slimy salamander can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


The slimy salamander's body is black and dark blue and covered in white or gold spots. Its eyes are completely black. It produces a glue-like secretion through its skin when threatened.


Scientific name: Plethodon glutinosus
Continent: North America
Habitat: Under logs, wooded ravines, inside burrows, moist leaf litter
Size: 6 inches long
Weight: 1.5 ounces
Diet: Beetles, worms, ants, slugs, centipedes
Lifespan: Five years
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Reproduction: A clutch of 10 to 20 eggs is attached to the underside of a rock or decaying log.



The slimy salamander gets its name from the sticky glue-like substance it excretes through its skin.