Fire Salamander

Salamandra salamandra

Identification 3

Identifying an adult salamander is fairly easy as you'll have nothing to mistake it for. The black body with yellow-orange-red stripes/spots are a typical colour scheme for the species.
Larvae resembles the adult in the shape of body. The tail is blunt as opposed to the tail of newts.

Ecology & Behaviour 3

Salamanders are bound to decidous forrests of beech and oak trees with high slopes around clean runing waters. Salamanders are active mosty in twilight from March to late September when females go to lay larvae in the stream. After that it's fairly impossible to find any adults who go underground to hibernate. Larvae can hybernate in the stream before metamorphosis. Salamanders are viviparous and due to their toxicity have little to no predators. When encountered they are slow to run away so they rely more on their toxicity.

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  2. (c) Martkéta Vohralíková Houšková, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Martin Vohralík,
  3. (c) Martin Vohralík, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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