By D Striegel
Posted Apr 01, 2013
To be perfectly honest I never set out to own a salamander. While working outside on my farm one winter day I picked up a big plastic tarp I used to cover hay and there he was. Since it was winter and he was hiberating and the ground frozen I didn't want to just leave him to freeze to death so I brought him inside. That was 4 years ago and he lives in a 10 gallon tank set up for an amphibian. The soil came from my garden and is about 6" deep. He has plants and a couple of pieces of wood that he has hiding places under and tunnels throughout the soil. I rarely have the need to touch him but always wash and rinse my hands completely before I do so as not to harm him. He's now about 8 inches long now and seems quite happy with life. I feed him earthworms, crickets, and rolly-pollies. He has a light I turn on daily and turn off at night. He is about the easiest pet you could imagine keeping. I was surprised to find out they live for so long especially in captivity. I'm afraid now to turn him loose because I know something would eat him for sure. He's a beautiful salamander. I would recommend this pet for someone who doesn't need to cuddle them and is good with just an occasional interaction. I'll post a picture the next time he comes out of his hiding place.