Coeur d’Alene Salamander

The Coeur d’Alene Salamander (Plethodon idahoensis) is one of just five native species of salamanders and newts in Idaho. First discovered on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in 1939, this salamander is on of the few amphibians found in North Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Salamander is small and slender, with an average length of 2-4 inches, it has a distinctive appearance, with a most of the animal a dark color, except for a yellow stripe which runs the length of the salamander.

While little study has been done about this salamander, it is believed to have healthy populations and is a species of least concern.


Interesting facts about the Coeur d’Alene salamander:

  • The Coeur d’Alene Salamander hibernates during both the winter and the summer
  • Coeur d’Alene salamanders live in rock formations near the spray zones of waterfalls
  • Little is known about the Coeur d’Alene salamander because it has not been highly studied and can be difficult to capture and observe