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The spectacular world of salamanders

Southern red salamander

Photo: Sara Viernum/Flickr

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Great defenders

Many salamanders have built-in defense mechanisms, another factor contributing to their survival over the millenia. Their skin secretes a slimy coating, making them difficult to capture. Some toxic salamanders warn predators with bright coloring. Others, such as the Southern red salamander (pictured), simply benefit from looking like a more toxic species.