What is Bsal?
It is a chytrid fungus from Asia, which came to Europe through animal trade. It causes skin lesions in the European salamanders and newts. In Salamandra salamandra and Triturus cristatus the die-off is extreme and kills whole populations.
The distribution in Europe is southern Netherlands, Belgium and the Eifel and Ruhr area in Germany - there are also cases from Spain in T.marmoratus.
What can we do?
- disinfect your shoes and gear (with Virkon S 10g for 1l water or 70% ethanol) before and after visiting woodlands
- report dead or sick salamanders
Can we heal the salamanders?
Due temperature cure with high temperatures (25C°) for 14 days the salamanders can be healed, but the disease stays in the ecosystem.
More information here: