Our small and perhaps slithery little friends! The salamanders.
Quick Facts 🦎
- The skin of salamanders, in common with other amphibians, is thin, permeable to water, serves as a respiratory membrane, and is well-supplied with glands.
- Their skin is renewed periodically through a skin shedding process controlled by hormones from the pituitary and thyroid glands.
- Salamanders are opportunistic predators. They are generally not restricted to specific foods but feed on almost any organism of a reasonable size.
- Although many salamanders have cryptic colors so as to be unnoticeable, others signal their toxicity by their vivid coloring. Yellow, orange, and red are the colors generally used, often with black for greater contrast.
- Sometimes, the animal postures if attacked, the salamander will reveal a flash of warning hue on its underside.