This species occurs in western North America from southwestern British Columbia, including Vancouver Island, south through western Washington to southwestern Oregon (Petranka 1998). It occurs at elevations from sea level to about 1,250 m asl (Stebbins 2003).
Habitat and Ecology
It can be found in humid coniferous forests, damp talus slopes and shaded ravines. It is often encountered under rocks, logs, leaf-litter, and other forest debris. On Vancouver Island, small individuals were found under small rocks and away from discrete cover objects in leaf-litter and under moss more frequently than were larger individuals (Ovaska and Gregory 1989). It lays eggs on land in moist retreats, where they develop directly without a larval stage.
It is one of the most commonly encountered terrestrial salamanders throughout its range (Nussbaum et al. 1983), with a stable population.
There are no major known threats to this species. Logging is not considered to be a major threat because this species maintains thriving populations in young forests.
No conservation measures are needed for this species. It occurs in many protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of the large extent of occurrence, large number of sub-populations and localities, and large population size.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Plethodon vehiculum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T59358A78905923. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T59358A78905923.en .Downloaded on 19 February 2019