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The spectacular world of salamanders

Aug. 2, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
Fire salamander

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Mythical fire lizards?

According to Animal Planet, salamanders were so-named because the creatures usually lived in wood piles used for cooking fires in the Middle Ages, and this led people to believe they lived in the fire, hence the Greek word for "mythical lizard that lived in fire."

But alas, salamanders are not lizards, nor can they live in fire. But there is such a thing as a fire salamander (pictured)!