We just love amphibians! Frogs, salamanders, newts… we could talk about these funny little creatures all day long! Today we wanted to introduce you a salamander that is very toxic! We just looked from a bit of distance!
MEET THE FIRE SALAMANDER!
Range/Habitat: Europe/forests, woodlands, mountains
Diet: Carnivore: slugs, insects, worms
Conservation Status: Common
- Fire Salamanders have warning coloration. Their bright yellow or orange spots warn predators that they are poisonous.
- They have poisonous glands behind the eyes and on other parts of their body. They secret toxins when threatened.
- They are amphibians. They live part of their lives in water and part of it on land.
- Fire salamanders often hide under moss, leaves, limbs and stones.
- They are nocturnal (active at night).
- Fire salamanders spend the winter underground.
- They are known to have long life spans, up to 55 years old! Hello, grandpa salamander!
Fire salamanders are a great little amphibian! They sure are pretty with their shiny black bodies and bright yellow spots! Like other amphibians, salamanders can indicate if their habitat is healthy. They need very specific, non polluted habitats to survive. Scientists often count amphibian populations to see if a habitat is doing ok! Cool!