What is a gallipato

In the world there are many very curious animal species. Here we present an animal with a very curious name: the gallipato.

Although it has this name, it has nothing to do with chickens or ducks. In fact, it is an amphibian. If you want to know what is a gallipato, don't miss this new AnimalWised article.

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  1. What is a gallipato
  2. Differences between a male and female gallipat
  3. Gallipato way of life

What is a gallipato

The popular name of this animal is gallipato, its scientific name is Pleurodeles waltl. It is an amphibian of the salamander family.

You have the privilege and recognition of being the largest amphibian in Europe, since it can get to measure about 40 centimeters. Of its body, a very important part is the tail (it is half of its body).

His head is large, at the top he has small bulging eyes. The skin is full of warts. Its color can vary from black to a somewhat dark yellow.

However, its most common color is gray alternated with black spots. The tail has the same colors except for some orange stripes. The males, in the reproductive season have a caudal crest.

Differences between a male and female gallipat

Gallipatos present sexual deformity (males and females are different).

Males are slimmer, more stylized. At the same time, their legs are more developed than those of the female. Also, its tail is longer. On the other hand, the head of the female is larger..

Another characteristic of the male, during the reproductive period, is that he presents black calluses on his forearms. These calluses help to prevent the female from slipping off during mating..

The male stands under her and carries her on his back. So hours and days can go by. Afterwards, the male will turn around and stimulate the female. The female is capable of putting 300 to 1000 eggs at a time.

Gallipato way of life

The gallipatos they are almost all the time in the water. Only the youngest come out. Usually at night. They are great swimmers, but on land they are usually quite clumsy.

A very characteristic behavior of this species of amphibian is when they feel threatened. They smash their head and body against the ground in an exaggerated way. In these cases, it can emit sounds that the human ear can perfectly capture.

The gallipat is carnivorous, like other amphibians. Feeds on other specimens smaller than him:

  • Larvae
  • Tadpoles
  • Leeches
  • Carrion
  • Crustaceans
  • Worms

It usually attacks everything that enters the water, so it is not uncommon for cannibalism to occur. They like to live in flat areas of medium altitude. They can usually be found in:

  • Slow flowing streams
  • Marshes
  • Troughs
  • Banks
  • Cisterns
  • Muddy ponds
  • Lagoons
  • Wells

Specimens can be found in the Iberian Peninsula, in Castellón and Valencia. Also, in the south of Catalonia, Almería and Murcia.

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