Posted Jan 31, 2013
We brought home salamanders from the woods nearby and kept them for observation for a couple of months. They are super easy to obtain if you turn over logs in the spring, especially right after it rains.
They don't play (obviously), but they're an interesting pet to keep. The bugs they eat are easily obtained in your yard or a nearby park, they only need dirt, leaves, water, and something to hide under, and their colour changes a bit as they camoflauge themselves.
A couple of warnings: 1, although they co-exist peacefully with toads in the wild, in captivity they become food for the toad, so keep them separate. 2, they can escape out of even the smallest space in an aquarium lid and you may find a salamander strolling your walls at 3 am - a bit startling if you aren't fully awake.