Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Wildlife: Fire Salamander

The Fire Salamander Salamandra salamandra is a handsome amphibian found in continental Europe. It mainly inhabits damp deciduous woodlands, usually in uplands and often by streams. Adults can reach 25cm in length and vary in colour and pattern. Most are black with bright yellow spots and stripes, though some are the opposite, being mainly yellow with black markings. Fire Salamanders are mostly nocturnal though they can be seen in daytime when crossing tracks and roads during or after rain.

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