DO You Know?

18 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

•    The name ‘salamander’ comes from the Greek word for ‘Fire Lizard’. This name came about when salamanders came running out of the logs they had been hiding in when those logs were thrown on a fire.

•    Salamanders are typically more active during cool times of the day and are nocturnal. During the day they lounge under rocks or in trees to stay cool. At night they come out to eat.

•    Some salamander species can be poisonous and some even have teeth.

•    Some salamanders and frogs have tongues up to 10 times as long as their bodies.

•    The largest salamander in the world in the Chinese giant salamander. It can grow to a length of 5 feet.

•    The Americas are home to more species of salamander than the entire rest of the world combined!

•    Their bright, colorful skin warns predators to stay away. Many salamanders have glands on their necks or tails that secrete a bad-tasting or even poisonous liquid. Some can also protect themselves from predators by squeezing their muscles.

•    Salamanders are carnivorous, which means they eat meat instead of vegetation. They prefer other slow-moving prey, such as worms, slugs and snails.

     •           Spiny salamanders guard their eggs by curling their bodies around them. They also turn them over from time to time.