Slimy Salamanders

Slimy Salamanders

by Meish Goldish
     
 

Get ready to meet some of the slimiest creatures on Earth. From the tiny pygmy salamander to the enormous Chinese giant salamander, these creatures are covered with slippery mucus. Believe it or not, for them that's a good thing. The gooey coating keeps their bodies moist. In fact, if a salamander's skin ever dried out, it would die.

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Overview

Get ready to meet some of the slimiest creatures on Earth. From the tiny pygmy salamander to the enormous Chinese giant salamander, these creatures are covered with slippery mucus. Believe it or not, for them that's a good thing. The gooey coating keeps their bodies moist. In fact, if a salamander's skin ever dried out, it would die.

Look inside to find out more about these slippery wiggly creatures. As you do, you'll discover where they live, how they stay safe, and what kinds of surprising changes they go through as they grow from tiny eggs to slime-coated adults.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
The text explains that salamanders are slimy because their skin needs to stay moist for survival. Enemies avoid them since the slime on them is distasteful and often poisonous. Although this slimy coating may seem to be gross, it protects these amphibians from their predators. Other facts explain what salamanders eat, how they stay safe, and how they change from tiny eggs to adults. A Contents page shows the scope of the information while vivid graphics and photographs explore their moist habitats. Although not divided into respective chapters, the individual divisions contribute to the whole topic. The book succeeds well overall in the presentation of information about this amphibious animal. Fact boxes and habitat maps highlight relevant information. The language is age appropriate. A Glossary defines the scientific terms. Sections titled Selected Bibliography, Read More, and Learn More Online are solid sources for student research The Index provides easy navigation through the book. This book is part of a six book series, "Amphibiana," which covers the unusual creatures which are amphibious animals. The topics in the series take a singular approach to other amphibious animals which include: Amazing Water Frogs, Leaping Ground Frogs, Little Newts, Warty Toads, and Tricky Tree Frogs. Together, however, the books in this series define the world of amphibious animals. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936087372
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Amphibiana Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
IG880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

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