Aneides hardii is a slim bodied salamander with a brownish dorsal and a ventral that ranges from gray to cream in color. Greenish gray to bronze mottling may also be observed from above, while the throat may be blotched with light patches of white. A yellow, broad dorsal stripe may also be present. 14 or 15 costal grooves are usually observed with an average of 2 to 4.5 grooves between adpressed limbs. This species may range in size from 1 3/4 inch to 2 1/2 inches in length.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: United States
U.S. state distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: New Mexico
A. hardii's distribution includes the Sacramento Mountains, White Mountains and the Capitan Mountains from 7,800 to 11,700 ft.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The north and east facing slopes of this species' habitat are where A. hardii may be most readily found. It emerges in the period of late June to July, and is abundant during periods of summer rain. The inside of rotting logs, in old rockslides, underneath bark, boards and logs are ideal habitats for this salamander. Hollows and decaying logs are locations where brooding females may be observed.
This account was based on the description written in Stebbins (2003).
Stebbins, R. C. (2003). Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.
Written by Kevin Gin (kevgin AT berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley URAP
First submitted 2004-04-27
Edited by Tate Tunstall (2004-05-06)
Citation: AmphibiaWeb: Information on
amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. 2013. Berkeley, California:
(Accessed: May 18, 2013).
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