Arizona, United States
Posted Sep 28, 2012
My salamanders were found in my own yard under my horse water troughs or roaming through my garage. They were dark colored and starting to shrivel up do to the dry conditions. As soon as they were given food and water they perked up ad their beautiful greenish yellow spots were bright again. They love crickets. Some feed them other small critters such as worms or roaches. i preferred just buying crickets at the local pet store. One caution is that they can over eat very easily. It is my understanding that they do not have the ability to know when they are full. It is your responsibility to keep them at a reasonable weight. This is not easy because i swear they beg! I had to give my four that were three years old to my brother to care for as I was evacuated from my home due to wildfires in 2011. he loves them. They are easy to care for. Just use a nice substrate. Avoid small gravel as they can swallow it and die. Also, don't combine different sized salamanders as they can and will attack each other. They love to have plenty of places to hide in the aquarium as well. I think as long as there is a responsible adult involved any age can enjoy a salamander. They can grow quite large and live a long time.