Salamanders and newts are sometimes mistaken for lizards, but their moist skin and lack of scales mark them as amphibians
rather than reptiles.
like frogs, most species undergo metamorphosis from a larval stage-usually aquatic with gills -to a terrestrial form.The
majority of the salamanders and their larva are carnivorous, taking in insects and small invertebrates; the larger adults
eat fish, worms, snails, and slugs. Secretive, essentially voiceless animals, they are chiefly nocturnal. They hide under
fallen logs and damp leaf litter during the daylight hours where they find the fare that they feed upon. The larvae begin
feeding immediately after hatching, devouring tiny aquatic animals.