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Salamander & Newt

Salamanders and newts lead basic amphibian lives, both in and out of the water. The egg and larval stages take place in the water, while adult lives often play out on land, except at breeding time. Newts are especially terrestrial.

One exception is the axolotl, a salamander that retains its larval gills and fins — and watery lifestyle — its whole life.

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