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Salamander Care Buying Guide

So you're ditching fuzzy for slippery and opting for a salamander as a new pet --kudos to you for blazing your own trail among millions of pet owners!  In order to keep your new reputation as a trendy pet owner  squeaky clean, make sure you know how to ensure the health  and happiness of your salamander at all times.  Read the following guide for tips on basic salamander care.

Housing

  • Larval and neotonic salamanders can be kept in aquatic set-ups without land.
  • Aquariums ranging from 5 to over a 100 gallons can be used depending on the size and quantity of the salamanders (and other amphibians) being housed there.
  • A good filtration system  is important, as are water changes of 20 to 50 percent every one to two weeks.

Once larval salamanders near the time that they leave the water, an area of land must be provided.  Any non-toxic material that floats or acts as a land mass can be used. Anything from gravel to rocks and plastic platforms can be used.

  • Adult salamanders that are non-aquatic should be provided a tank  that has mostly land area.
  • Make sure the environment is kept moist and relatively dark. Moss and ;ogs can be used in a 5 to 100 plus gallon glass aquarium.
  • Small water dishes  should be kept throughout the tank for drinking and maintenance of moisture.
  • Extremes in temperature and high levels of light should be avoided.

Feeding

Larval salamanders and neotonic salamanders can be fed almost any small, live animal that will fit in their mouths.

Preferred foods in nature are:

  • Small aquatic insects.
  • Molluscs.
  • Worms.
  • The eggs and larvae of fish and amphibians.
  • Brine shrimp.
  • Black worms. Black worms should be cut up (but alive) for babies that are too small to eat the whole worms.

Larger animals salamanders can eat:

  • Tubifex worms.
  • Earthworms.
  • Small fish.
  • Ghost shrimp.
  • Crayfish.
  • Meal worms.
  • Crickets.

Keeping Other Animals with Your Salamander

It is usually best to keep a single species of salamander without other animals.   The main reason for this is that all amphibians have a natural desire to eat any animals that are present in their enclosure.  If you insist on adding another species of salamander, newt, frog, toad, snail, etc. to the tank, ask yourself:

  • Will the salamander want to eat this other animal or vice versa?
  • Is the salamander or the new animal poisonous or deadly if it is eaten?

Related Guides

Newt Care

Toad Care

Fish Care

Lizard Care

Frog Care