Do Salamanders Bite?

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In rare circumstances, salamanders are known to bite humans. These amphibians only bite if they are under a lot of stress, and they may nip at a human if they are handled in a way that causes distress.

Salamanders do not cause damage to humans or property, and they do not have a poisonous bite. Salamander bites don’t hurt; but they may frighten the person handling them. When salamanders feel threatened, they try to defend themselves by displaying their colors to predators to show them that they are toxic and are not safe to eat. Salamanders are protected in most states and are on the endangered species list in some states.