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Cool History of the salamander

Proven by many paleontologists, who found the fossils about 165 million years in China and Mongolia, it is thought that the salamanders are among the earliest inhabitants of the planet. In classical antiquity the salamanders were already alluded to by man. Let's see how the described Gaius Plinius Secundus, a Roman nobleman, scientist and historian who died in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, which the post was to be known as Pliny the Elder: ... is an animal similar to lizard-shaped, with the whole body ... starring is never seen except in heavy rain and disappears as soon as the weather improves ... This description is plausible if we consider the appearance and behavior of the common salamander or fire salamander, Salamandra salamandra. Although mention being skeptical about this, Pliny also stated that they were empowered to extinguish the fire with the coldness of their bodies, noting also its alleged medicinal and poisonous properties. A single stove to curl up in the trunk of a tree could poison all its benefits, thus killing whoever ate. If this fell into a well, all that drink it too would die. Such statements seem to be a description, exaggerated scale, the actual toxic properties of the secretions of the animal.
Since the Middle Ages we find the salamander strongly linked to superstition and folklore, including the European peoples. In this age of darkness and ignorance were hopelessly described the most amazing and fantastic forms, from a satyr in a tank (Sec.VIII) through a worm to enter the flame (Sec.XII), a dog with wings (Sec . XIII) to a bird in flames (Sec.XII). In relation to their representations Renaissance, they were closing most of the classic description of Pliny. Symbolically represent the enduring faith that triumphs over the fires of passion. It was a traditional emblem of blacksmiths and appeared in the coats of some cities in order to represent the local steel industry and metallurgy.
Metaphorically, referred to the woman who lived chastely for the temptations of the flesh and the soldier who was exposed to the fire of battle.
Later, the High Middle Ages, in 1566 the physician and alchemist Paracelsus. Given that the elements are nature spirits, which inhabit the same and are made from its purest particles. He wrote in his treatise, about the same, that the salamanders are the elemental spirits of fire. He said the salamanders are reptiles like lizards, but with much greater power, the fire element. They inhabit warm areas, such as volcanoes.
It can be seen during the storms on the form of small balls of fire dancing on the houses and fields.
Just when the salamanders were taken by man as your pet is not known. As it was unclear who was the first man who put a bird in a cage. However it is thought that such activity comes from the Victorian era, during which the naturalists withdrew copies of the local fauna to the study. For among these scholars maintain a full tank of caudata was common practice. In the second half of XX century's renowned naturalists came to public comment as caudata remained in captivity, thereby gaining more fans this practice.
The hobby as we know it today is nothing but a natural evolution of such practices, which acquired the present form for about two to three decades.
References: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia / History of the salamander - Find everything and region
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