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Salamanders at night

by Kevin T. McEneaney
Wed Mar 29th, 2017

Salamander. Photo by Veronica Towers.

Salamanders are amphibians most abundant in the northern hemisphere. In legend salamanders remain associated with fire, perhaps because when salamanders are dunked in fermented substances they are reputed to impart hallucinogenic properties to the drink. Aphrodisiac qualities are also attributed to the salamander, yet that probably derives from their suggestive shape. Salamanders possess a permeable skin. The male drops sperm on the ground and the female discovers it by scent and picks it up with her vent if it smells right to her. In our county they were running to mating hang-outs on the night of March 28th.