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Salamander threatened by skin-eating fungus

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A deadly skin-eating fungus is threatening the fire salamander population in the Netherlands.

It has driven the creature to the brink of extinction in the region though it's still unknown whether other countries have seen similar declines.

Recognisable by its vibrant yellow and black skin, fire salamanders dropped to a population low of 10 animals before a treatment programme began.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-23898406

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Fire salamanders are pretty popular in the pet trade. Not sure if this is the cause of the outbreak, but it's very important that once pets are in captivity, that they are not re-released into the wild for reasons like this. As pets, diseases can be easily transferred through handling, and if released, can further be spread to populations that are ill-prepared for it.

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How sad... it must be painful. :(

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Pretty little things...I'm glad they've got a program so they don't die out. And people can be so ignorant. Here, there's like an epidemic of people abandoning their unwanted pet snakes, especially boas.

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