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  1. There is something very interesting I noticed: look at the back of this Salamander. You see two rows of spots alongside the spine. Also on the tail. Such spots are missing on the back of the bigger Salamander.
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    Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago
    1. You made curious as well so I did a little research. If with spots you mean the tiny "holes" they are actually used to release venom (these species are toxic):

      http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salamandara_salamandra_MHNT_4.jpg

      I still don't know why one has more than the other. Maybe it is based on gender, age or different sub species. There are 14 sub species of this species, yet based on location, likely you found a single species multiple times. Also interesting is that many/most salamanders breathe through their skin, they have no lungs or underdeveloped lungs.
      Posted 5 years ago
      1. Yes, this is something I know about. They say the only specie found in Bulgaria is Salamandra salamandra - Fire Salamander.
        I speak about the spots, or holes alongside the spine. They are missing on the other two I pictured till now. I see them only only on this one.
        Posted 5 years ago

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The fire salamander is possibly the best-known salamander species in Europe. It is black with yellow spots or stripes to a varying degree; some specimens can be nearly completely black while on others the yellow is dominant. Shades of red and orange may sometimes appear, either replacing or mixing with the yellow according to subspecies. Fire salamanders can have a very long lifespan. A salamander lived for more than 50 years in Museum Koenig, a German natural history museum.

Similar species: Salamanders
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Apr 28, 2014. Captured Apr 20, 2014 09:30 in ulitsa "Pod gorata" 10, 1415 Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO500
  • 100mm