The salamander in flames, of frequent occurence in heraldry, is of this class. Like the toad, ‘ugly and venemous’, the salamander was regarded by the ancients with the utmost horror and aversion. It was accredited with wondrous qualities, and the very sight of it ‘abominable and fearful to behold.’

From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art by John Vinycomb, p8

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