Category Archives: salamander

Cave salamanders

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Around Easter last month I visited northern Italy together with my girlfriend. Of course I had not randomly chosen for this region… It is the only place in Europa, together with Sardinia, where you can encounter the Web-toed Salamanders (genus Hydromantes). Continue reading »

Fire Salamander

Autumn has arrived and forest floors are covered with thousands of leaves in a wide variety of colors. Most amphibians in Western Europe are now searching for a place to hibernate and the Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra) is one of the

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Past spring we found a special Alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris) during fieldwork. It is an adult male, but has a very short body, while its head, legs and tail are normal sized. It is the first time I see an amphibian like this and I do not know if these Continue reading »


To have the focus entirely on the animals, I started a project to photograph them with a white background. First subjects were some salamanders and newts. Beautiful, aren’t they? From top to bottom, you see: Continue reading »

Pyrenean endemics

There are two endemic amphibian species in the Pyrenees: the Pyrenean frog (Rana pyrenaica) and the Pyrenean brook salamander (Calotriton asper). Both of them are only found in and close to cold, oxygen rich water. Because of their highly Continue reading »

Golden-striped Salamander

The Golden-striped Salamander (Chioglossa lusitanica) is without doubt one of Europe’s most amazing salamander species. It has a slender body and huge tail which can grow up to 2,5 times the length of head and body. This species is able to shed its tail Continue reading »