Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Mar 25, 2015
I acquired this salamander by complete accident and only kept him a short while. I was digging around in the dirt beneath a shady tree and happened to unearth him. I lived in the Texas Panhandle and this salamander had been completely unknown to me, so I sent my brother for a plastic bowl and we took the salamander home. From there we took trips to the library to find books on how to take care of salamanders. My brother and I went out to catch small insects and then bought worms from a bait shop, which the salamander seemed to enjoy. We set up a temporary enclosure for him, but I only had him for about a week. I remember taking him to show and tell at school. As soon as that was over my Mom and I decided it would be best for the salamander to go back into the wild to live since we didn’t have the equipment to set up an inside home for him and because my cat was stalking the cage, looking for an assassination opportunity.
As others on here have said, do not take these salamanders out of the wild as pets. Get them from a pet store or reputable breeder, and only then if you’ve done extensive research to see if they are right for you. This would not have been a great pet for me as a child since I was at school most of the day and since we were transitioning into homesteading. My attention was soon diverted to larger animals all living outside, and I didn't have had the time to properly care for a salamander. The smell and the slimy skin were also a turn off. This might be a good pet if you live in a place where cats or dogs are prohibited, if you want something that won’t get underfoot (as long as you remember to keep the aquarium lid on!), or if you want a low maintenance pet. Salamander's don't really require much interaction with you, but this species is highly colorful and a joy to watch when they are out just doing their thing. The main thing to remember is make sure you do research prior and have the right kind of habitat environment set up for them so they can live out their lives happily and healthily.