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The Shenandoah Salamander (Plethedon Shenandoah) is long and slender, ranging from 2 to 4 inches long. It usually has a narrow stripe down the middle of the back from neck to tail, ranging from reddish to brown in color. The Shenandoah Salamander resembles a lizard, but its skin is moist and without scales. Because they breathe through their skin, this species typically inhabits cool, damp areas, and is most active when it is dark and humid. It is thought that the eggs, which hatch in late summer/early fall, are deposited in moist, sheltered nests, which are attended by the female. This salamander is often confused with the Red-backed Salamander, with which it competes for food such as spring flies, worms, and other small invertebrates.