For the May 26 edition of The Ecology Hour, we interviewed Dr. Jimmy McGuire, Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. We heard about Tailed frogs, transformer salamanders, and toxic newts of the Mendocino region.
With over 200 million years of evolution, salamanders and newts have come up with some astonishing adaptations. Among the amazing things we learned from Dr. McGuire: Some salamanders throw their tongues out like harpoons, extending as much as the length of their bodies, in less than 1 millisecond – the fastest recorded vertebrate movement! One of the more disturbing stories concerned the discovery of skin toxicity in fire-bellied newts… you’ll have to listen to find out.