Its a Newt, Its a Gecko, Its Super Skink!
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener My husband and I often see what we say to ourselves “Look, it’s a geico!”. But I figured that I should be able to correctly identify what we see. I will attempt to offer an explanation. Salamanders are amphibians like frogs and toads. They are shy so you rarely see them and they are non-vocal. A defense is to exude a bad tasting substance, some even to the point of being poisonous. Benefits of salamanders - they eat slugs, mosquito larvae and flies as well as insects, spiders and worms. Some salamanders breed in water so most species young have an aquatic tadpole like stage where they breathe through gills. As adults they lose their gills and grow eyelids and a tongue. At that point, they have the ability to walk on land.