Salamanders have been the subject of myths and legends for centuries. In fact, the origin of the word salamander comes from the Middle English word “salamandre” — loosely meaning “lives in fire”, which was based on the belief that salamanders could walk through fire unharmed. Fortunately, salamanders are everything but the fire-loving beasts our ancestors believed them to be. Their secretive and often underground lifestyle makes them difficult to appreciate for many people. However, they are some of the most beautiful and interesting animals you will ever encounter.
Virginia’s Salamander Species
Forest Terrestrial Salamanders
Seasonal Wetland Salamanders
Stream and Seep Salamanders
Learn More About Salamanders in Virginia
The Red Salamander plate is the ninth in a series of Wildlife Conservation License Plates produced by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in cooperation with the Department of Wildlife Resources. After the first 1,000 Red Salamander plates are sold, DWR will receive $15 of the $25 additional annual fee. The Department uses these dollars for wildlife resource management, research and educational outreach programs in Virginia.Learn More