- To avoid predators, some animals - like some snakes, salamanders or frogs - restrict their movements under a full moon and tend to hunt more on moonless nights.
- Their steep slopes are the nearest thing to a rainforest in Europe, overflowing with springs and pools which are home to salamanders and newts.
- Since salamanders are amphibians, their skins are sensitive to being dried out; therefore they are found in or near water and damp places.
- Gardener snakes, grass snakes, ground beetles, box turtles, salamanders, ducks, and larvae of lightning bugs all feed on snails.
- Direct development and viviparity have evolved in all three groups of Lissamphibia: frogs, salamanders and caecilians.
- The familiar frogs, toads, and salamanders have been present since at least the Jurassic Period.
- These salamanders undergo a typical amphibian life cycle, wherein they hatch from the egg in an aquatic-larval form and eventually undergo a metamorphosis through which they achieve a terrestrial adult form.
- The study finds 122 species of frogs, toads, salamanders and legless amphibians have probably become extinct since 1980 and warns that a third of all amphibian species currently face the same fate.
- The ‘true salamanders’ tend to be smooth skinned, while the newts are unlike all other salamanders in having rough skin that is not slimy.
- Like the majority of frogs and toads, many salamanders undergo an obligate metamorphosis that allows for the exploitation of both aquatic and terrestrial habitats during ontogeny.
- Amphibians such as frogs, toads, and salamanders are undergoing rapid population declines, most likely due to fungal disease, climate change, habitat loss, and pollution.
- Both salamanders and Hamilton's frogs care for eggs and young.
- Scientists like Shubin, Gao, and Carroll say they are attracted to the study of salamanders because the amphibians give them a window to see how evolutionary mechanisms work.
- Interestingly, while some amphibians like newts and salamanders are very effective at regenerating limbs, they are not as effective at regenerating tissue to repair damaged internal organs.
- While salamanders with ballistic tongue projection rarely miss their target, frogs that use ballistic projection can be highly inaccurate.
- Around 5,000 amphibian species, including frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are thought to exist today.
- Viable woodlands are just as critical as clean waters for frogs, toads, turtles, salamanders, newts, and many species of reptiles.
- A number of salamanders, such as the North American ‘mudpuppy’ and the Mexican axolotl, develop legs but retain their larval gills and stay in the water throughout their lifetimes.
- As frogs, toads, salamanders, and snakes emerge from hibernation, encourage them to stay around your garden and help control pests.
- By one count, 1 in 3 of the 5,743 known species of frog, toad, salamander, and other amphibians are dwindling.