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Is a Salamander a Lizard? 10 Key Differences Between Them

Both salamanders and lizards are common throughout North America, and at first glance, it can be difficult to tell the two apart. To many people, they may even appear to be one and the same species as they look and act very similar. This begs the question, are salamanders considered lizards?

This article will explore how to determine if the animal you’re seeing is a salamander or a lizard, as well as look more in-depth at the differences between the two.

Is a salamander a lizard?

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At first glance salamanders certainly look like lizards, but¬†salamanders are not lizards. Salamanders are actually a part of their own unique grouping of animals. They’re commonly mistaken for lizards as they both have four legs, a tail, and share a similar shape, but that’s about where the similarities end.