Aneides – Climbing salamanders

These lungless salamanders are adept climbers

These salamanders do not have any anatomical features commonly observed in specialized climbing amphibian species (e.g., claws, setae, suction cups). Instead, climbing salamanders cling to surfaces using their mucous layer’s shear and adhesive properties. However, their large toes and prehensile tail might aid them in climbing.

These amphibians are usually dark brown or gray with yellow or white spots, and their underside has a cream coloration. As of now, their population is stable. But like many amphibians, the greatest threats to arboreal salamanders are habitat loss and pollution.