Other Amphibian of the Week

Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

Photo by wikiuser Didier Descouens

Common Name: Fire Salamander
Scientific Name: Salamandra Salamandra
Location: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine
Size: Around 10 inches or 250 mm

The Fire Salamander was the first salamander to be scientifically named in the Linnaeus system hence it’s scientific name of Salamandra Salamandra which just means salamander salamander in Latin.

The Fire Salamander is very toxic so don’t eat one! They are also able to spray the chemicals at predators which is rare for salamanders. The bright colors warn predators of the toxins in the salamander’s body.


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