Garden slender salamander

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Garden slender salamander
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Caudata
Family: Plethodontidae
Genus: Batrachoseps
Species: B. major
Binomial name
Batrachoseps major
Camp, 1915

The garden slender salamander (Batrachoseps major) is a species of salamander in the Plethodontidae family. It is found in northern Baja California in Mexico and Southern California in the United States.[1]


The garden slender salamander's natural habitats, in the Transverse and Peninsular Ranges, are chaparral and woodlands, temperate coniferous forests, arable land, rural gardens, and urban areas.

This salamander eats worms of many types and crawling arthropods of lesser size, such as pill bugs.


The garden slender salamander is threatened by habitat loss, it is an IUCN Red List Least concern monitored species.[1]

One subspecies, the desert slender salamander[2] (B. m. aridus, sometimes Batrachoseps aridus), is a federally listed endangered species of the United States.[3]


  1. ^ a b . icun: B. major . accessed December 2, 2010
  2. ^ Crother, B. I. (ed.). 2008. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, p. 15. SSAR Herpetological Circular 37. PDF at SSAR.
  3. ^ USFWS. Batrachoseps major aridus Five-year Review. June 2009.

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