Spotted Dusky Salamanders are a common species to find in the streams throughout metro Atlanta. They seem to be a good indicator of stream health (all things considered) and are more difficult to detect in highly polluted and sedimented streams. There is tremendous variation in this species making them difficult to identify. They typically have mottling on the back with 6 or 7 rows of rhomboid spots that may or may not be fused together. Older adults may have a more solid pattern on their backs. Their bellies can be cream to tan with irregular mottling. Their belly color merges irregularly as opposed to the clear distinction in ventral and dorsal coloring found in Seal Salamanders. Spotted Dusky Salamanders have a white to brown stripe which extends from the eye to the rear angle of the jaw.
Adults, eggs and larvae can all be found in the stream or riparian zones of the stream, not far from the water.
Spotted Dusky Salamanders are KNOWN from both Fulton and Dekalb counties.