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This species of salamander is can reach up to 45 mm SVL in adult females and 55 mm SVL in adult males. The tail is slightly triangular at its tip. D. santeetlah is usually yellow or greenish along its dorsal region, with the yellow coloration more intense along the ventrolateral area and at the base of the tail. The ventral region may have melanophores and iridophores, producing a mottled appearance among many individuals (Tilley S.G. 2000).