Gyrinophilus porphyriticus

Common Names: Spring Salamander, Purple Salamander
Category: Amphibians
Sub-category: Salamanders

A species of salamander in the family Plethodontidae. The specific name is Latin from Greek, meaning the color of porphyry, a purple stone, and this salamander has also been called the purple salamander.

These salamanders have a nasolabial groove. The light line from eye to nostril is bordered below by gray pigment, but the markings are not always conspicuous. The dorsal coloration varies from salmon or light brownish to pink or reddish. The dorsal coloration can be clear reddish, salmon, or orange-yellow marked with black or brown spots or flecks.

Its natural habitats are temperate forests, rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, cool freshwater and mountain springs, inland karsts, caves, but is also likely to be found in any wet depression beneath logs, stones, or leaves in the surrounding forest.

Edible Notes: Not known to be edible.
Warnings: Amphibians, like reptiles, can carry Salmonella, which is a potentially deadly bacteria. It is safer for you (and the amphibian) to not touch them or anything in the area where they live, but if you do: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water immediately after touching. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.