Jordan’s red cheeked salamander

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The red-cheeked salamander or Jordan’s salamander (Plethodon jordani) is a species of salamander in the familyPlethodontidae. It is endemic to the United States. Its natural habitat is temperate forests.

The red-cheeked salamander is found in mountainous areas of the south eastern United States. The main populations are along the border between North Carolina and Tennessee but separate populations occurs in Rabun County, Georgia. The altitude range is 210 to 1950 metres (700 to 6400 ft) but few specimens are found below 600 metres (2,000 ft). Almost the whole altitude range occurs within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The red-cheeked salamander is a terrestrial species and is found in both hardwood and coniferous forests, particularly in red spruce andFraser fir woodland. It is plentiful in areas with a ground cover of moss and leaf litter among large boulders. source

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