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Fire Salamander

Salamandra salamandra


My second visit to this manhole and it's habitants - a small clan of Fire salamanders. This time, 7-8 animals well visible - there were a dozen or more the first time (, late spring last year. They are about 10 to 20cm in length, and are conspicuously coloured and easy to recognize.


Seen in rural suburbs of Lyon, east-central France, in a garden bordering a broadleaved forest. Found in a manhole with water connection for the house. As this was my second visit to this manhole, we heard that the clan was regularly hiding there during the day last spring; only to disappear last summer and autumn. They seem to come back with the beginning of winter, and they seem hibernating now - they are there all day long and every day.


Based on their colouring, with yellow spots roughly organised in two parallel lines, I can suppose the subspecies - S. s. terrestris, the most common one in France.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Ferney-Voltaire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Jan 16, 2022
Submitted on Jan 20, 2022

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