Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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Siberian Salamander (Salamandrella keyserlingii)
The Siberian salamander has the widest distribution of any living amphibian species, with its range stretching from Russia in the west to Japan in the east, and including China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Siberian salamander is also thought to have the most northerly distribution of any cold-blooded terrestrial vertebrate
The Siberian salamander inhabits mixed, coniferous and deciduous forests within the taiga zone, as well as steppe and riparian forests in tundra. In these habitats it is mainly found close to stagnant or slow-moving water
The Siberian salamander inhabits wet grassland, bogs, pools and small ponds at low altitudes while reproducing
The Siberian salamander is a uniquely freeze-tolerant amphibian. This remarkable amphibian can survive being frozen for long periods of time at temperatures of less than 35 degrees centigrade. It manages this by replacing its water with ‘anti-freeze’ chemicals
Its smooth skin is usually brown, bronze-brown, olive or grey with dark spots on the back and sides. The head is long with a rounded snout, while the tail is flattened, and can be longer or shorter than the body, with dark blotches on the sides and a pointed tip. The underside of the body is grey with white spots, and the legs are short and stocky, with four toes on each foot
There are well-defined grooves along both sides of the body
The male Siberian salamander has a longer and higher tail than the female, as well as longer front legs and a larger cloaca, especially during the breeding season
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fortheloveofherpetology:

Siberian Salamander (Salamandrella keyserlingii)

  • The Siberian salamander has the widest distribution of any living amphibian species, with its range stretching from Russia in the west to Japan in the east, and including China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Siberian salamander is also thought to have the most northerly distribution of any cold-blooded terrestrial vertebrate
  • The Siberian salamander inhabits mixed, coniferous and deciduous forests within the taiga zone, as well as steppe and riparian forests in tundra. In these habitats it is mainly found close to stagnant or slow-moving water
  • The Siberian salamander inhabits wet grassland, bogs, pools and small ponds at low altitudes while reproducing
  • The Siberian salamander is a uniquely freeze-tolerant amphibian. This remarkable amphibian can survive being frozen for long periods of time at temperatures of less than 35 degrees centigrade. It manages this by replacing its water with ‘anti-freeze’ chemicals
  • Its smooth skin is usually brown, bronze-brown, olive or grey with dark spots on the back and sides. The head is long with a rounded snout, while the tail is flattened, and can be longer or shorter than the body, with dark blotches on the sides and a pointed tip. The underside of the body is grey with white spots, and the legs are short and stocky, with four toes on each foot
  • There are well-defined grooves along both sides of the body
  • The male Siberian salamander has a longer and higher tail than the female, as well as longer front legs and a larger cloaca, especially during the breeding season

I do not own this GIF or this information

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