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Fire Salamanders

Fire Salamanders
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-16
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-04 12:33
Viewed: 4979
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone

This is a quick post just to wish everyone on TN well. I have not been able to post for a couple of months due to commitments in moving home (second time in a year!). However, my wife and I are now settling in to our new maisonette, and I can't wait to get out and about with my camera again soon!

Although we have been busy, I have found time to acquire a couple of new pets in the form of these beautiful, baby Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra). I have kept these striking amphibians before - I had two females which I had for 13 years - though as they were full grown when I bought them they would been at least two years old at that point. There are records of them reaching an age of 30 years or more!

Part of the reason they can live so long compared to mammals or birds of a similar size is their metabolism and life style. They are cold blooded, so do not need to burn energy to keep warm. They are nocturnal stealth hunters of worms, slugs, crickets and other invertebrates so again expend little energy looking for food.

This species is found in most of Europe but is most noticeably absent from the UK and Scandinavia. It has many recognised subspecies with distinctive patterns. The ones I have are S.s. terrestris which has bands of yellow down the length of the body. It is hard to get a sense of scale in this shot, but these two are tiny - when I first got them they were about 6cm long and weighed just over a gramme! In the few weeks I have had them, they have doubled in weight and are noticeably stronger and more aggressive in hunting down the slugs and worms I feed them. I plan on keeping more of the different subspecies and participating in a breeding programme - which could be vital in preserving some of the rarer variants.

This shot was taken after I lifted up the moss they were hiding under. I used a 100 mm macro lens and ring light. The shot has been lightly cropped and sharpened.

A page with more information about this species can be found here

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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so perfect shot.. thanks to share with us..
regards ozlem

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2010-04-04 14:47]

Hello Vinny,
Salamanders are among my most favourite amphibians. I also used to keep them once. Here I believe you photographed the western subspecies terrestris. I like the pov and the pose of the two individuals together. Well done.
Best greetings and TFS!

hello Vin
this is a super picture with 2 of this Beauty,s
great moment to find this
great shot
greeting lou

Excelente enfoque y gran profundidad Vinny. Buena luz y bien recrado el ambiente de su hábitat.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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