An Esk is a wee ainimal, a kynd o salamander. Esks leeves in wairm kintras an in watter maist o the time. Thay are fand in North Americae, Europe, an North Asie.

Temporal range: Late Cretaceous–Recent[1]
Neurergus Kaiseri.jpg
Neurergus kaiseri
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Urodela
Faimily: Salamandridae
Subfaimily: Pleurodelinae

14–17 extant an sax fossil genera

Thair mither lays eggs an lea's thaim. Esks clecks frae thae eggs. Whan thay are young, thay win awa frae the watter for a year. Thay gang back in the watter for tae lay eggs. Thay than bide in watter for the lave o thair lifes. Esks haes a guid bit o pushion, an haes bricht colours for tae wairn ither ainimals.

The Watter Esk or Man-keeper (Lissotriton vulgaris)

The moss-lizard (Zootoca vivipara) is whiles cried the dry or heather esk.


  1. Zhang, Peng; Papenfuss, Theodore J.; Wake, Marvalee H.; Qu, Lianghu; Wake, David B. (2008). "Phylogeny and biogeography of the family Salamandridae (Amphibia: Caudata) inferred from complete mitochondrial genomes" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 49 (2): 586–597. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.08.020. ISSN 1055-7903. PMID 18801447. Archived frae the original (PDF) on 2 Februar 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2016. Unknown parameter |dead-url= ignored (help)