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Asiatic Salamanders: Hynobiidae

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Hokkaido Salamander (hynobius Retardatus): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, DIET, ASIATIC SALAMANDERS AND PEOPLE

HOKKAIDO SALAMANDER (Hynobius retardatus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
JAPANESE CLAWED SALAMANDER (Onychodactylus japonicus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
SEMIRECHENSK SALAMANDER (Ranodon sibiricus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Asiatic salamanders live only in Asia. Their range extends from Japan, Taiwan, and the mainland of China westward to Afghanistan, Iran, and Kazakhstan in central Asia. To the north, Asian salamanders live on the Kamchatka peninsula, the island of Sakhalin, and in Siberia and Mongolia westward beyond the Ural Mountains. Siberian salamanders are the only Asiatic salamanders that enter European Russia and are the only salamanders that live north of the Arctic Circle.


Asiatic salamanders, both larvae and adults, eat insects and other invertebrates (in-VER-teh-brehts), which are animals without backbones. Hokkaido salamanders and Longdong stream salamanders eat others of their own species.

Asiatic salamanders have no known importance to people.


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Animal Life ResourceAmphibians