Newts & Salamanders
Reference Starring in mythological origin tales, axolotls are threatened salamanders that may hold the key to regenerating body parts in mammals.
The Southern Appalachian mountains are a global biodiversity hot spot for salamanders. And now a skin-eating fungus from Europe could decimate them.
A mesmerizing 6-minute time lapse shows a single cell dividing seemingly endlessly until what was once a yellow blob has become a wriggling, darting salamander tadpole.
It's been 42 years since it was last sighted, but the Jackson's Climbing Salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni) is alive and well.
Scientists are still trying to make sense of something extremely weird that happened between a pair of Ambystoma salamanders millions of years ago.
Newts are small semi-aquatic amphibians that possess some interesting characteristics. For example, their skin is toxic and they can regenerate amputated limbs. "Astronewts" have also flown in space.
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