Saturday, March 30, 2013

Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) pictures

This post won't be about birds ,but I think that it will be very interesting for all of you who love nature. Few days ago my brother sent me some unique pictures of a Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra). The pictures were made neat Veshtica.

Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

Here is some interesting information that I found about Fire salamanders:

"Fire salamanders live in central European forests and are more common in hilly areas. They prefer deciduous forests, since they like to hide in fallen leaves and around mossy tree trunks. They need small brooks or ponds with clean water in their habitat for the development of the larvae. Whether on land or in water, fire salamanders are inconspicuous. They spend much of their time hidden beneath stones, wood or other objects. They are active in the evening and the night, but on rainy days they are active in daytime as well.
The diet of the fire salamander consists of various insects, spiders, earthworms and slugs, but they also occasionally eat newts and young frogs. Small prey will be caught within the range of the vomerine teeth or by the posterior half of the tongue, to which the prey adheres. It weighs about 40 grams. The fire salamander can grow to be 15–25 centimetres (5.9–9.8 in) long."

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