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This salamander is an endemic specimen of the Cottian Alps. It is often confused with the similar Salamandra atra wide spread on the rest of the Alps
This species can be found mostly in the mount Viso area and in the valley Germanasca, Pellice and Guil from 1200 to 2600 m elevation in woods or prairies. It is from 12 to 20 cm long.
Breeding does not rely on water (as the other salamanders). The female gives birth to prefect amphibians as the metamorphosis from larvae have happened already. The new born are immediately able to live on their own. Most likely gestation lasts 2 to 3 years. The number of new borns varies form 1 to 6. This salamander can live up to 10 years.
Pictures were taken on June 2005 on the road between Bo do col and Sellette.