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Fire Salamander

Salamandra salamandra


This weekend we have found a small clan of Fire salamanders in their daytime hiding place, in a manhole about 1m deep. There were a dozen animals in this pile. They are about 10 to 20cm in length, and are conspicuously coloured and easy to recognize.


Found in their daytime hiding place, a manhole with water connection for the neighbouring house. The owner explained this clan is always there, every day. Found in rural suburbs if Lyon, east-central France, in a garden bordering a broadleaved forest.


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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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Special !

Mel11 a year ago


Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Thanks Brian, thanks Neil - yes, they are one of biggest European species of salamander. They also can live long and happy lives if left alone and protected - over 20 years in natural conditions.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Incredible spotting, Zlatan! I didn't know these salamanders could grow so big!

Brian38 a year ago

Very cool spotting, Zlatan!

Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Tassin-la-Demi-Lune, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Jun 19, 2021
Submitted on Jun 21, 2021

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