Yellow spotted salamanders are poisonous, although not lethally so. The yellow spotted salamander has glands on its back and tail that secrete a bitter milky toxin to ward off predators.Know More
The yellow spotted salamander is around 9 inches long and is usually black or bluish-black in color. It has two uneven rows of spots along its head, body and tail, which look more orange in the head area and yellow along the rest of the salamander.
Spotted salamanders breed in the spring, laying their eggs in vernal, or temporary, pools. They return to the same pool each year to mate, using the same route to get there.Learn more about Amphibians
The spotted salamander's diet consists of insects, worms, slugs, spiders and millipedes. Despite bright yellow or orange spots along its black body and a life span of up to 20 years, the species is rarely seen by humans, emerging only at night to feed.Full Answer >
Different subspecies of salamanders and newts breathe differently at various stages of life. Siren salamanders use gills to breathe throughout their entire lives, while tiger salamanders only use gills early in life and then develop the ability to breathe through their developed lungs. Most salamanders breathe through their skin and membranes located in the mouth and throat, as they do not have gills or lungs for breathing.Full Answer >
The main staples in the salamander's diet are insects, spiders and worms, but salamanders are opportunistic feeders and eat most animals that are appropriately sized. Larger salamanders are able to eat some fish, crabs, small mammals, and amphibians and water insects. Smaller salamanders often feed on beetles and their larvae, flies, earthworms, moths, spiders, grasshoppers, mites and springtails. In dire situations, salamanders may also eat other salamanders.Full Answer >
In rare circumstances, salamanders are known to bite humans. These amphibians only bite if they are under a lot of stress, and they may nip at a human if they are handled in a way that causes distress.Full Answer >