Re: NANFA--Off Topic: Ambystoma tigrinum

Jay DeLong (
Thu, 05 Jul 2001 23:30:42 -0700


>Getting back to the secretions, most these species, especially tigers will
>only do this when they think they are in grave danger. There is always a
>slight bit of this on them though. While handling many salamanders your
>hands will be soon coated with a super glue like substance that just has to
>wear off on its own, nothing known will take it off, atleast gasoline and
>paint stripper hadnt worked on me =). There is a defense posture with the
>little blue spots, they wave their tails in the air, and arch their backs.
>Somtimes the stuff just spurts out of the skin with an audible noise.

The northwestern salamander will arch its back and appears like it's on its
toes. I thought it was to look big like cats do, but from what I read it
may be to display the glands that secrete (not excrete, like I said
before--oops...) the poison. The poison kind of oozes out and runs down
the sides.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
"If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do 
not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? 
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."
  -- Aldo Leopold (1953) 

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