Salamandra salamandra. I love salamanders, but in truth I've only ever seen salamanders one other time - during an early spring evening field trip to find them. Then they were mostly tiny things, as I recall three or four different species, coming out of the spring woodland pools for the opportunity to mate.
I've never seen anything like the Fire Salamander. While looking for the White-backed Woodpecker Gerard found this beautiful little amphibian in the shallow creek running along the roadside.
It was approximately five inches long and a completely cute. To learn more about it check the blue link above to read about habitat and ecology. We actually saw it in exactly the kind of place where it might be expected.