IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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This is a moderately large salamander (to about 80 mm snout-vent length; 130 total length) with long limbs, very long, slender digits, and a moderately long, prehensile tail. There are 14-16 (usually 15) costal grooves, and the limbs touch or overlap when appressed to the trunk. The digits have expanded tips bearing a well developed subterminal pad. The tail is circular in cross section, and is strongly tapered to a blunt tip. The ground color of adults is dark brown or gray with irregular mottling or marbling of lighter gray.

Interspecific Associations/Exclusions. Clouded and Wandering Salamanders overlap in a zone < 15 km wide in northwestern California. Jackman (1999 (1998)) reports evidence of introgression, but clear hybrid individuals have not been found. Mitochondrial, allozyme, and karyotypic data distinguish the Clouded from the Wandering Salamander (Sessions and Kezer 1987; Wake and Jackman 1999(1998)). In California, the range of the Wandering Salamander also overlaps with its congeners the Arboreal Salamander (A. lugubris) and the Black Salamander (A. flavipunctatus) (Stebbins 1985; Wake and Jackman 1999(1998)).

Two albino specimens, from two different egg clutches of the Wandering Salamander, were found in Humboldt County, California (Houck 1969).

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Aneides vagrans climbing a tree, 91 meters above the ground, in Bull Creek Grant, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California.

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Video submitted by: A. Ambrose and S. Sillett.


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