SALAMANDER - 6.5x6.5 inches $225.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Lyciasalamandra luschani
Status: Vulnerable - About half of the world’s salamanders are threatened or endangered currently. They are at risk because of habitat loss, victims of our roadways, and changes to waterways that prevent necessary steps in their life cycle.
The vision of a ferocious and deadly scaled, winged, and fire-breathing dragon came about in the Middle Ages. Dragons were mentioned in Greek mythology, as well as serpentine mythical creatures from Asia, but during the dark ages when there was little literacy, stories wove together into chimerical beings. There is a bit of the salamander threaded into the dragon mythology as well, for salamanders were long associated with fire. Perhaps because of their habit of choosing dry wood to nest in, when logs were set in the hearth and set ablaze, the salamanders would scurry forth, leading to a belief that they were the cause of the fire, or spirits of ember and flame.
Size: 6 x 6 inches