|A fire salamander; photo by Didier Descouens,|
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- Salamanders in Asia that are infected by the fungus don't appear to be suffering any ill effects and have likely developed some degree of resistance to the fungus.
- Lab tests have shown that the fungus affects salamanders and newts but not frogs or toads.
- No North American animals have been shown to be infected by the fungus at the moment.
- Given the large number of pet salamanders and newts transported into North America, some researchers think that the fungus is likely already present on the continent.
- In lab tests, all specimens of a newt commonly kept as a pet in North America died when exposed to the fungus.
- The same observation was made in relation to a wild newt with a widespread distribution in North America.