Monday, January 14, 2008

Cute and new: teeny little salamanders

Discovered in remote Costa Rican cloud forests, this amphibian's eye-catching coloration resembles the warning markings of deadly poison-dart frogs, also native to Central America. Small enough to fit on a fingernail, this amphibian is among several previously unknown salamanders recently discovered in Costa Rica, scientists announced on January 4, 2008. Measuring 2.4 inches (6 centimeters) long, this newfound nocturnal salamander hunts insects at a snail's pace but with a “ballistic tongue." Source: National Geographic

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