These small salamanders are dark brown to black, and they have a yellow to green stripe that runs from nose to tail. They also usually have bluish flecks on their sides. They are called “long-toed,” because their hind feet have an extra long 3rd toe. They are found throughout northern and central Idaho.
Habitat: Long-toed salamanders can live in a variety of habitats, from shrub steppe to alpine meadows. They like to live in dry woodlands, humid forests, and rocky shores of mountain lakes.
Food: Long-toed salamander larvae feed on plankton, immature insects, snails, and (occasionally) other salamander larvae. The adults eat insects, insect larvae, slugs, earthworms, and small crustaceans (amphipods).
Fun Facts: Long-toed Salamanders can lay one or up to 100 eggs at a time.