Spotted Salamander - Salamander Festival in Homewood. Salamanders have 550 species of amphibians and are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. Salamanders have never more than four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs, but some species have fewer. Their moist skin usually makes them reliant on habitats in or near water, or under some protection (e.g., moist ground), often in a wetland.
Tennessee Watchable Wildlife | Red-cheeked Salamander - Plethodon jordani This species, also known as Jordan’s Salamander, is found exclusively within the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at higher elevations. It is also part of the Jordan’s Salamanders complex along with Northern Gray-cheeked (P. montanus) and Red-legged Salamander (P. shermani). These closely related salamanders often hybridize