The Northern Slimy Salamander is a very interesting creature. It lives in a range of areas, including the Midwest. One interesting fact about the Northern Slimy Salamander is that when it feels pressured or gets stressed out, it squirts outs this slimy, sticky liquid on you and that’s how it gets its name.
The Northern Slimy Salamander has some key identification factors. The salamanders are usually black and have silvery whitish speckles. Some salamanders may also be bluish in color. While most of them have just speckles on their backs, some Northern Slimy Salamanders have them on their chins and on the undersides of their tails. Sizes with the Northern Slimy Salamander vary. Some can be as small as 4inches while others could get around 8inches. The biggest Northern Slimy Salamander is 9inches! That’s pretty big for a salamander!
Now that you know how to identify them, you’re probably wondering if you need to stay away or if they will hurt you. Their slime is not poisonous, but you wouldn’t want to touch it because it slicks like super glue! Northern Slimy Salamanders will NOT eat you! They only eat beetles, earthworms, ants, and sow bugs. The Northen Slimy Salamander does not have many predators because of its sticky reflex. If you were an animal and you ate one it would be like having vinegar flavored peanut butter in your mouth and all the milk in the world wouldn’t wash it down.