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Acrylic on illustration board 4 x 10
The most common salamander of Americas Pacific Northwest, the Western Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon vehiculum) spends its days hiding under logs and stones, emerging at night or during rains to hunt small insects. Like the other members of the family Plethodontidae, this amphibian has no lungs, but breathes through its thin, delicate skin. The larvae of plethodontids metamorphose within the egg, and emerge looking like miniature adults.