Cave Salamander

Eurycea lucifuga

The cave salamander inhabits the twilight area of caves just inside the entrance where there is some light but it is too dark for plants to grow. With a short lunge and an extremely quick tongue flick—its tongue fully extends in just 5.5 milliseconds!—the cave salamander catches small invertebrates to eat.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 4 to 6 in
habitatHabitat: Caves, springs, and creeks
dietDiet: Spiders, earthworms, snails, insects, and other small invertebrates
exclamationRisk Status: Species@Risk (Ohio Endangered Species List—Endangered)