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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. They prefer deciduous forests, since they like to hide in fallen leaves and around mossy tree trunks. Whether on land or in water, fire salamanders are inconspicuous. They are active in the evening and the night, but on rainy days they are active in daytime as well.
Their diet consists of various insects, spiders, earthworms and slugs, but they also occasionally eat newts and young frogs. The fire salamander can grow to be 15–25 cm long. The coloured portions of the animal’s skin usually coincide with poison glands. Adults are able to exude toxic skin secretions such as the neurotoxic alkaloid Samandarin. This alkaloid causes strong muscle convulsions and hypertension combined with hyperventilation in all vertebrates.
Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra), Dirfi Mountain, Evia Island, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 mm at 200 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 1250
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  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 2 years ago

    Splendid shot Konstantinos.

  • Thank you very much Mark!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks a lot Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago


  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago


  • Many thanks for the feature Qnita!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    17 May 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

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    Vicki Spindler...over 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much for the feature Vicki!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • CBoyle
    CBoyleabout 2 years ago

    This little guy is adorable great find and great capture!

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