Are salamanders amphibians ?

Yes, the salamander is a large amphibian. Her relatives are a frog and a toad. But outwardly it looks like a lizard (which is a reptile). However, unlike a lizard, a salamander does not have scales and claws, and it always has damp skin. The salamander secretes a poisonous liquid that protects it from predators. The salamanders belong to the tailed amphibians and are found in damp places.

The smallest salamanders are about 5 cm long, the largest – reach 50 cm. The largest in the world is the Chinese giant salamander. The length of her body can be almost 2 m.

Small animals that have tried the salamander on the teeth immediately die, and larger ones, after being poisoned, are ill for a long time and are seriously ill. The poison of this amphibian can not be poisoned if one touches his body with his hands. However, if a person touched the salamander, and then – to the eyes, then he can go blind!

Both water and land salamanders need moisture for life and reproduction: the female lays eggs in water, and its larvae lead an aquatic life. The salamanders try to hide from the heat: they are mostly active at night, and in the daytime they hide in dark and damp places.

The age of puberty comes to 3 years. Salamanders reproduce the whole year, but more often in the spring. After internal fertilization, eggs develop within the body of the female (egg production). Some types of salamanders are egg-laying (they lay eggs).