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Slimy but Cute: 10 Newly Discovered Amphibians

Splendid Web-Footed Salamander. Only a single specimen of the splendid web-footed salamander (Bolitoglossa splendida) has ever been seen. It was found in the remote mountains of Costa Rica, reachable only by several days’ hiking. Eduardo Boza-Oviedo, of the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro, led the discovery.

The Alaskan Tree Frog freezes solid in the winter, even stopping its heart beating. In Spring, it thaws and simply hops away.

The North African fire salamander (Salamandra algira) inhabits humid montane forest. Like other fire salamanders, the North African fire salamander has lines of poison glands running along its back and onto its tail.