Salamanders and Newts – Varmints! – 108

Salamanders and Newts!

This week on Varmints! podcast, Paul and Donna slither around on the subject salamanders and newts! Join us for amphibious fun!

But first, the news!

Man Buys a Live Pig, Peacock, and Giant Salamander After Shopping Online While Drinking, article courtesy of


Giant Salamanders! Article courtesy of

Andrias japonicus pair.jpg

We should be called smiley salamanders.

11 Awesome Axolotl Facts! Read about them courtesy of!

Cute, pink, and rare!

Giant Salamanders, building ramps so they can climb dams! Video courtesy of YouTube user National Geographic.

My name is Sally Mander!

Mythical Beasts: The Salamander, article courtesy of

Why fire, exactly? Aren’t you an amphibian?

Category: Heraldic salamanders! Article courtesy of

Ex igne salamander! Right? Wait…

Charmander! Article courtesy of


Snakes slither past toxic newts in evolving race, article courtesy of

Yep, they’re winning for now, but wait, evolution always swings back.

Do Newts and Salamanders Make Good Pets? Article courtesy of

Eh, probably not a starting amphibian.

Now you know a little more about salamanders and newts than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at! We might even read your email on the show.

Your feedback is always welcome!

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All music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Artist: Kevin MacLeod (, music in the pop culture section about historical salamanders is “Folk Round”, also by Kevin MacLeod, CC Attribution licence 4.0.
Featured Image “Fire Salamander” was taken by William Warby, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
About our voice actors:
Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live.
Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than.
Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.
Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)
Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.
Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,
and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.