A scientist who comes face to face with crocs and sharks while earning thousands of pounds doing a racy side gig has issued a warning about handling a cute critter.
On Instagram, model boffin Rosie Moore from Florida posted a video of herself handling a salamander.
"Don’t forget to wear protection this spring season," she joked.
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"Handling salamanders with dry hands can cause this skin covering to rub off, allowing the entrance of bacteria.
"Frogs and salamanders should always be picked up with gloves that are wet. This protects them and you."
Moore works in the public sector for the city of Delray on Florida’s southeast coast in the water resource management industry.
Her nine to five usually includes getting up close with weird and wonderful animals.
Moore specialises in working with sharks and reptiles but tapped into a niche market when she started diving with the deep sea apex predators.
Though the 26-year-old also has a rather different income stream, generated through posting sexy snaps in a bikini.
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"There's a little niche for girls that can free dive well to model with sharks or underwater, so I started meeting up with photographers for some product shoots and things like that," she explained to Business Insider.
"I also do other things on the side, including python hunting, shark diving, and tagging of various species like alligators."
Moore's modelling career has taken off and she now has contracts and sponsorship deals with a wide range of companies. She recently signed up to an agency which does luxury event modelling.
"People always joke on Instagram that I'm like Hannah Montana, because I'll post and I'll be out in the field doing crazy things or up to my waist in mud, and then the next thing they know I'll be at a luxury event in full hair and makeup and heels and a dress," she said.
Despite her success modelling, she says she is a scientist first and foremost.
"As a model, when you're talking to somebody and they find out you're a scientist it's almost like the respect for you changes,” she said.
"When people think you're just model, it almost feels like they think less of you.
"Whereas once they know you have a respected career it's like something flips in them and they think more highly of you."
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