Adult FIRE SALAMANDERs grow to an average 20 cm long, largest individuals can reach 30 cm. Eyes are large and prominent, its iris is dark. Its body is cylindrical, with a striking pattern which is unique to all individuals. Its back and sides are shiny black with light or darker yellow blotches (in some populations there are specimens with orange or red blotches, especially in the Börzsöny Mountains). Its belly is typically grey with yellow blotches. At the two side of its nape there are yellow, kidney-shaped parotid glands. At the middle of its back there are two parallel rows of glandular pores, and there are a row of warty tubercles on each side.
Distibution map by our National Herpetological Mapping Program: