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Portuguese Fire Salamander

Salamandra salamandra gallaica


The fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) is probably the best-known salamander species in Europe. It is black with yellow spots or stripes to a varying degree; some specimens can be nearly completely black while on others the yellow is dominant. Shades of red and orange may sometimes appear, either replacing or mixing with the yellow according to subspecies. Fire salamanders can have a very long lifespan. A salamander lived for more than 50 years in Museum Koenig, a German natural history museum


Spotted in my backyard,they are back :-)


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Thanks Ashley,i feel very honored:)

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Antonio, your beautiful Portuguese Fire Salamander has made the top 10 amphibian spottings in the '2015 Best Wildlife Photo' mission! Rangers are voting on the top 10 amphibian spottings, and the top 3 will be announced on February 2nd. The top 3 spottings will be commented on here on the site, but make sure you keep a look out on our Facebook app page for the announcement as well! Congratulations on making the top 10!

thanks Juan :-)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

Very cool salamander. Congrats Antonio!

Hema 6 years ago

What a fun tourist!

Thanks Hema,it's a spotting that i luckly have every year during the winter,it's a normal "tourist" of my backyard :-)

Hema 6 years ago

this is a very lovely spot!!

Thanks Mark for your nice words, this year with a less mosty winter,"my" batraquiens are a bit late relativly to their the normal "schedule" but they nare all coming up :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Great series Antonio. We don't have any frogs with tails. :)

Thanks Ashley

AshleyT 6 years ago

What a cutie!

Sckel minha amiga,obrigada pelo título :-) pena que tenhas perdido as fotos,eles tem tendência a aparecer nos mesmos sitios dum ano para o outro,pode ser que para a próxima época o encontres outra vez e obrigado pelas tuas gentis palavras

Sckel 6 years ago

Querido AntónioGinjaGinja, que bom vê-lo ativo. Eu encontrei um pequeno cogumelo fofinho, cheio de gotículas açucaradas. Lembrei de voce, que é o rei dos cogumelos. Infelizmente meu pc estragou e não tenho como resgatar as fotos agora. :(

Thanks Marta,my back yard is blessed with a incredible batraquiens populations,midwife toad's,Perez frog's,fire salamander's,bosca's newt's and marble newt's,it's amazing,thanks for your kind words :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

So lucky to have them in your backyard! Here I always try to find one but still no luck :-)

Thanks Hemma and Danièle for your nice words :)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Nice to see they're back António!

Hema 6 years ago

great pics!

Braga, Braga, Portugal

Spotted on Feb 21, 2015
Submitted on Feb 21, 2015

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