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Mexican Climbing Salamander (Bolitoglossa mexicana)

- family Plethodontidae “Lungless Salamanders”

These arboreal salamanders are found in tropical and montane forests in Southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. This species undergoes its larval stage in the egg, and hatch from the egg as a fully developed salamander (direct development). They do not have lungs, but breath through the skin and lining of the mouth and throat (bucco-pharyngeal respiration).

photographs by Dick Bartlett