The California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) is a lungless salamander. Salamanders have moist skin instead of scales like lizards have. They breathe through their skin, and must keep it moist, so they live in damp soil under leaves and in decaying logs. They are nocturnal, meaning that they come out mostly at night.
Ten Facts about California Slender Salamander
- Length can be 3-5 1/2" (7.6-14 cm).
- Slander Salamander is found in several plant communities including California oak woodland, redwood forest, Douglas fir forest, montane hardwood conifer, grasslands and riparian zone.
- A number of snakes such as the ringneck snake are thought to be major predators of slender salamander.
- Breeding occurs in Late fall and winter.
- They eat insects, butterflies, grasshopper, ants, and spiders.
- Slender salamander is found primarily in coastal mountain areas of Northern California, United States as well as in a limited part of the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California, in patches of the northern Central Valley of California, and in extreme southwestern Oregon.
- They belong to the Plethodontidae, Lungless Salamanders family.
- Also known as Genus Batrachoseps.
- Can live up to 3-5 years.
- Predators include snakes, frogs, lizards, monkeys, raccoons, birds and fishes.