The red-backed salamander occurs in wetter woodlands, using nearby ponds for breeding.
The red-backed salamander is one of three Ontario salamander species that have no lungs. Since all respiration must take place through the skin, the red-back is restricted to moist environments. They lay their eggs within cavities in moist logs. The larva develops within the egg, and on hatching the salamander is in full adult form.
For more information about this salamander species, see: Toronto Zoo Adopt-a-Pond website
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