Are Fire Salamanders Poisonous?

Fire salamander in a puddle

The Fire salamander is the largest, and possibly the best-known salamander species in Europe. These salamanders live throughout Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe with some subspecies being found as far as North Africa. They are characterized by their glossy black body with yellow patches or stripes. Fire salamanders have large parotid glands behind the eyes … Read more

Are Marbled Salamanders Poisonous?

Marbled salamander on moss

Marbled salamanders are common throughout much of the eastern United States. These secretive amphibians are easy to identify by the silvery cross bands along their bodies.  Marbled Salamanders have poison glands on their tails that produce a foul-tasting secretion as a defense against predators. This secretion is only mildly poisonous and is of no serious … Read more

Are Red-Backed Salamanders Poisonous?

Red-backed salamander on a yellow leaf

Red-back salamanders (also called redback salamanders) are common across the eastern and central United States. These salamanders are usually found in forest areas but often wander into people’s backyards. You may have seen one of these salamanders and wondered if they are poisonous.  Red-backed salamanders are very mildly poisonous. They have glands that secrete a … Read more

Do Salamanders Have Lungs?

Marbled salamander on a log.

If you ever look at a salamander, you will notice it looks so much different from other animals. But have you ever wondered what it has on the inside? Do salamanders have lungs as most other animals do? There are over 600 salamander species, that are all somewhat different from each other. Some salamanders such … Read more

Do Salamanders Hibernate? [Wild and Captive Hibernation]  

Salamander on ice

Salamanders are ectothermic (cold-blooded) animals, which means they can’t generate their own internal body heat. Instead, their body temperature changes with that of their surroundings. Due to this, salamanders become less active in the winter when the temperatures drop. Terrestrial salamanders hibernate in logs or underground burrows when their environment gets too cold. Many aquatic … Read more

Can Salamanders Breathe Underwater? [Answered]

Fire salamander in the water

We all know that salamanders and newts love to spend a great deal of their time in the water. You may have seen a salamander in a pond or stream and wondered, can salamanders breathe underwater? Different salamander species have different ways of breathing. Some salamanders, such as axolotls and sirens have gills and can … Read more