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The salamander found in Namthing pokhari belong to Tylototriton verrucosus found only in India. It is a unique and rare tailed amphibian which is endangered species protected under schedule II part I of the Indian wild life protection act 1972. it is a key stone of lentic habits of eastern Himalayas. it is a family of ancient salamandridae members of which were known to exist in europe.






Aahal dara is a hill top with an exotic view of 360 degree .It is famous breathtaking view of sunrise and snow capped kanchanjunga peaks. on a clear day the gangtok,kalimpong,algara,bagora,Tinchuley hills and parts of doars, organic fresh tea garden and river teesta tributaries are visible,

The Salamander found in Namthing Pokhari belong to Tylototriton verrucosus found only in India. It is a unique and rare, tailed amphibian (Order: Urodela / Caudata) which is endangered and protected under Schedule II part I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. It is a keystone species of the lentic habitats in the eastern Himalayas. Itis a member of the ancient family Salamandridae, members of which were known to exist in Europe fromthe Jurassic era.
HABITATAdults live in diverse habitats: leaf-litter on the forest floor and at the edge of woods, meadows and pasturelands covering the banks of mountain ponds and lakes, tea estates, vegetable gardens at the backyard of human habitations, ricefields, boulder-strewn hill streams and flooded rock pools at an altitude of 1330-2220 metres above mean sea level.During the breeding season (April to September) they generally inhabit shallow permanent or temporary pools, shallow ditches, marshes and slow-moving streams of high hills which abound with aquatic plants and are exposed to sufficient sunlight.Reproduction takes place in different waterbodies ranging from small rain puddles to permanent lakes. Their depth is maximal during monsoon season (0.5 - 2 m).During the winter and early summer the salamanders hide under rotten leaves in rock pools, under logs, stones and dry soil below roots and dead tree trunks near water. They are capable of short migrations on land, atleast several hundred metres. Prior to the monsoon rains, many streams dry up or are reduced to a narrow trickle. However, small rock pools are not uncommon particularly in the vicinity of villages. Lurking in the crevices between the large partially submerged boulders, the salamander shares its niche with typical mountain brook frogs as well as aquatic insects likeBelostoma, Ranatra, Perla, EphimeraandAnax.The salamander is an excellent exampleof camouflage and concealment and is rather difficult to locate in the rock pool as it blends with the water weeds.
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