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Ensatina eschscholtzii

(Common Ensatina)

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Common Ensatina, redwood salamander, Ensatina, Ensatina Salamander, Large-blotched Ensatina, Monterey Ensatina, Oregon Ensatina, Painted Ensatina, Sierra Nevada Ensatina, Sierra Nevada Salamander, Yellow Blotched Ensatina, Yellow-blotched Ensatina, Yellow-eyed Ensatina

Common Names in Spanish:

Salamandra ensantina

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:

Salamandra ensantina

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Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 2,147 meters (0 to 7,044 feet).[1]

Ecology: This species can be found in the north: Douglas-fir/maple forests , forest clearings. In coastal areas, redwood forest, chaparral , oak woodland, canyons . Sierra Nevada: pine-oak-incense cedar forests. In dry or cold weather: in caves, underground, in rotting logs . Eggs are laid underground, or under the bark of or within rotting logs (Stebbins 1985), where they develop directly without a larval stage . E. e. klauberi lives in mixed conifer forest and lays its eggs on the ground .[2].

List of Habitats :


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Ensatina eschscholtzii croceaterEnsatina eschscholtzii klauberiEnsatina eschscholtzii oregonensisEnsatina eschscholtzii pictaEnsatina eschscholtzii platensisEnsatina eschscholtzii croceater (Cope, 1868) • Ensatina eschscholtzii klauberi Dunn, 1929 • Ensatina eschscholtzii oregonensis (Girard, 1856) • Ensatina eschscholtzii picta Wood, 1940 • Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis (Jiménez de la Espada, 1875) • Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica Stebbins, 1949 • Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthopticaEnsatina klauberi Dunn • Heredia oregonensis Girard • Plethodon croceater Cope • Urotropis platensis Jiménez De La Espada


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 01-Sep-2009

This polytypic , ring species includes taxa that form a semicomplex of more than one species.[2].

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Ensatina

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 10 species and subspecies in this genus:

E. ensatina (Yellow-Blotched Ensatina) · E. eschscholtzii (Redwood Salamander) · E. eschscholtzii croceater (Yellow-Blotched Ensatina) · E. eschscholtzii croceator (Yellow-Blotched Salamander) · E. eschscholtzii eschscholtzii (Monterey Ensatina) · E. eschscholtzii klauberi (Large-Blotched Ensatina) · E. eschscholtzii oregonensis (Oregon Ensatina) · E. eschscholtzii picta (Painted Ensatina) · E. eschscholtzii platensis (Ensatina) · E. eschscholtzii xanthoptica (Ensatina)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal February 29, 2008:



  1. Mean = 527.020 meters (1,729.068 feet), Standard Deviation = 804.540 based on 92 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. Geoffrey Hammerson, Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake 2004. Ensatina eschscholtzii. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 January 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06