Acquired: Pet store
Posted Apr 01, 2014
Calling a Salamander a “Fire” salamander is redundancy (Salamandra salamandra). Salamander actually means “fire”. Supposedly they secrete a mucous that protects them from fire. (is that actually true?) All mystery aside, Sally was somewhat active except during the summer when temperatures rise. Sally hid quite a lot (during the day) and since amphibians tend to carry salmonella I didn’t handle her unless I had to. Since I like pets that can interact I only kept Sally for a year before passing her off to some one who would appreciate her and what she has to offer. It’s not that she was highly demanding, just boring (to me).
Their habitat requirements are tank, special lights, water (shallow container), lots of greenery, stones and wood (logs) and humidity (moss helps). As carnivores, they like fresh bugs to eat, crickets and roaches were her favorite. Not a bad pet, just not for me.