Category: General

Fire Salamander & Bsal & Predators

I have not been out at night (outside my property) for ages looking for fire salamanders .... At home I could not find any fire salamanders in the garden for about 4 years, which surprised me very much. Ok ... one does not always find animals but at mating time it was always a guarantee to find animals in my garden ... so why not now? Was it maybe because of Bsal? I don't know ... but ... I could make an interesting observation in the garden two days ago ... more about this in a moment ...

I met up with a good "old" salamander friend (Michael Harris) around 8pm and we decided to drive down an old and almost untraveled road through a forest (here in 66955 Pirmasens) very slowly. Without much hope we drove the first hundred meters of the road and were more than surprised when we found the first little beauty in proud posture in the middle of the road - the joy was huge 😊

OK ... we thought ... just lucky ... but we were hugely mistaken (luckily!) and found one after the other - AWESOME! In total we found 10 animals in 45 minutes - then we turned back.

Again to the beginning ... why do I find no more animals in my garden? A few days ago I was once again around 22 o'clock in the garden with headlamp on the way (I live on the edge of the forest) ... and what do I see there in about 30 meters in the darkness? Two big eyes look at me and pause ....then a short sprint along the fence up the slope. OK ... what is that? I thought ... I want to see that! A short sprint from me on the straight followed and I had cut off the "unknown creature" and a direct confrontation was the result .... about 1 meter distance separated me from equal TWO fat, really big and crouched on the ground raccoons, which then in seconds put the reverse gear and disappeared with Karacho in the darkness.
At some point I asked myself the question ... who eats our fire salamanders anyway? I had once heard that raccoons eat toads, which are also poisonous ... how do they do that without getting hurt? So I immediately started to do some research ... actually quite simple ... they twist and turn the toads and then pull off their skin and then eat the contents, so to speak 😢 I thought to myself .... make the possibly not stop at our fire salamander?
I have found the following video .... looks times starting from minute 2.30 (source Youtube (Science & Nature)) 

Red fox, raccoon and fire salamander

Salamandra lanzai offspring 2017

Offspring Salamandra lanzai 2017 3 animals

Salamandra infraimmaculata semenovi mating

Salamandra infraimmaculata semenovi mating 2016 at 12 degrees ( October ).

Salamandra infraimmaculata semenovi

Mertensiella caucasica egg laying 2016

Mertensiella caucasica egg laying 2016

Salamandra lanzai 0.1 Gravid 2016

Here's to a new one - I'm excited 🙂

complete stock free from Bd and Bsal *yay

today (finally, waiting since september 2015) came the positive news with the result "negative" .... my complete stock is free from Bd and Bsal *yayyyy*.

Here are the first three impressions before the test ... 🙂



more info about this also on the very informative page of Paul Bachhausen:

Page by Paul Bachhausen about Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans ...

See also here on my forum:

Rules of conduct in handling Batrachochytrium

missing yellow spots in the rear ( Salamandra i. infraimmaculata - Lebanon

Note the "missing" yellow spots in the posterior region ( Salamandra i. infraimmaculata - Lebanon ).



Winter's "Amphibians and Creepy Crawlies of Europe" from 1956

Hello dear friends,

i am often asked how "everything" started for me back then ... ?!
Answer: with a book 🙂
Which one ?
Look here:

the first animals of Salamandra i. semenovi went ashore .....

the first animals have gone ashore ... pictures are here in the gallery:

18 aquariums 0.80 L x 0.35 D x 0.40 H for sale ....

18 aquariums 0.80 L x 0.35 D x 0.40 H which were used as terrariums for amphibians. All tanks (see pictures) have either in the back wall, or side wall a 8 mm hole at any point, where in each case the air hose was fed. Furthermore, the basins also have a drain hole of 8 mm in the bottom plate.

Two basins cracked at the drain at the time of drilling, but were glued and are quite usable. All basins are completely surrounded with photo back wall, except for the front glass. There is also a lid to all basins, which is covered with gauze (these may need some touching up).

The condition is used, however, some almost unused basins are also included.

Viewing possible at any time .... short mail to me ...

Only to self-collectors, with cash payment. Bought as seen, no return possible.
Pictures can be found here: