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The spectacular world of salamanders

By: Anna Norris on Aug. 2, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
Pacific chorus frog and Northwestern salamander

Photo: Sara Viernum/Flickr

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Frogs ... with tails

Though they may look like lizards, salamanders are closely related to frogs and toads. As amphibians, salamanders emerge from their eggs looking similar to tadpoles, but they keep their tails and (usually) four limbs throughout their lives. Some salamanders have at least one thing in common with lizards: they can remove their tails to get out of tricky siutations, and can grow them back with time.