What is salamander?

  • (noun): Fire iron consisting of a metal rod with a handle; used to stir a fire.
    Synonyms: poker, stove poker, fire hook
    See also — Additional definitions below


Salamander is a common name of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Most salamanders have four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs. Their moist skin usually makes them reliant on habitats in or near water, or under some protection (e.g., moist ground), often in a wetland. Some salamander species are fully aquatic throughout life, some take to the water intermittently, and some are entirely terrestrial as adults. Unique among vertebrates, they are capable of regenerating lost limbs, as well as other body parts. Many of the members of the family Salamandridae are known as newts.

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Spotted-tail Salamander - Description
... The cave salamander is a relatively large lungless salamander, ranging in size from 10 to 20 cm in total body length ... The limbs of the cave salamander are long ...
Legendary Salamander In Popular Culture - Fantastic Beasts
... the Sun and Moon, Cyrano de Bergerac depicts a battle between the salamander as fire-creature and the remora as ice-creature, culminating in the triumph of the remora ... In Ruth Plumly Thompson's Oz novel Captain Salt in Oz (1936), a salamander is erupted from a volcano and collected as a specimen ... carries it in the bowl of his lit pipe, and names the island Salamander Island ...
Salamander - Implications of Limb Regeneration As Applied To Humans
... Salamanders' limb regeneration has been the focus of significant interest among scientists ... A theory persists in the scientific community that such regeneration could be artificially recreated in humans using stem cells ...
Legendary Salamander In Popular Culture - Allusion
... Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), the vehicles driven by the "firemen" are called Salamanders, and the firemen's badges have salamanders on them ... the main character, Honor Harrington, is often referred to as "The Salamander" as she is always to be found where the action is the hottest ... Games In the BattleTech franchise, the Salamander is a Clan anti-battlemech and anti-infantry battle armor that utilizes a flamethrower-type weapon in conjunction with ...
Spotted-tail Salamander
... The cave salamander (Eurycea lucifuga), also known as the spotted-tail salamander, is a species of cave salamander ...

More definitions of "salamander":

  • (noun): Reptilian creature supposed to live in fire.
  • (noun): Any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed.