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The Cheat Mountain Salamander (Plethodon nettingi) is similar in size to the Red-backed salamander – 3 to 4¾ inches (7½-12 cm) long - but is distinguished by its black or dark brown back, which is boldly marked with small silver or white flecks. The belly is dark gray to black in color and this salamander does not have a dorsal stripe. Its tail is about the same length as its body and has 17 or so vertical grooves along the side. Like other woodland salamanders, it eats small insects like mites, ants, beetles, and flies, and on damp evenings it forages along the forest floor amongst rocks and logs for food.