The Hokuriku Salamander lives in certain parts of the Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures in Japan. They are in danger of extinction because of disappearing ponds and swamps, and water pollution.
Body length: Male 10.8cm / Female 10.1cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Hokuriku Salamander only lives in certain parts of the Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures in Japan.
The Hokuriku Salamander eats arthropods and worms. Young Salamanders are known to eat each other...
The Hokuriku Salamander was first discovered in the 1970s. They are rare and difficult to find because they are nocturnal, moving only at night.
Disappearing ponds and swamps, and polluted water endangers the Hokuriku Salamander...
The Hokuriku Salamander lays eggs in ponds and swamps where there are little or no currents. Once born, the hatchlings live underwater for several months. They are in danger of extinction because of disappearing ponds and swamps, and water pollution. It is said that the water pollution is caused by people who are throwing litter in the ditches alongside the road. While this may be a trivial act for human beings, it has tremendous repercussions on small animals.
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Today, a number of actions are underway to protect the habitat of the Hokuriku Salamander, such as the building of protected ponds. In 2007, a relieving news report told of the discovery of a newfound habitat, unknown until now. However, this does not change the fact that their numbers are still low. It is essential that we continue to provide a safe living environment for the Hokuriku Salamander.
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