Other Amphibian of the Week

Siberian Salamander (Salamandrella keyserlingii)

photo by Henk Wallays

Common Name: Siberian Salamander, Dybowski’s Salamander, Manchurian Salamander, and Siberian Newt
Scientific Name: Salamandrella keyserlingii
Family: Hynobiidae
Location: China, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and Russia
Size: around 5 inches

The Siberian Salamander might be the most cold adept amphibian around. It can survive temperatures of -45 °Celsius or  -49° Fahrenheit. With this ability, the Siberian Salamander is the only salamander found in the Arctic circle. It able to survive these conditions by replacing its blood with antifreeze chemicals. The Siberian Salamander can be frozen for years and be “revived” after it thaws out.


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