Acquired: Pet store
Posted Aug 03, 2015
I initially got two pet salamanders. The petshop told me they were a male and a female. Everything seemed to be going fine, but I was never warned about the fact that they can climb the glass aquarium I got for them, and I never really thought about it. So when I had, had them for about 3 weeks the female left the aquarium. We searched high and low but being quite a small salamander it wasn't easy to find. About a week later we found it inside our piano where it had died and completely dried up. Our remaining salamander seemed less active so we went and got him a new female and made sure to close the aquarium with a metal grid this time. Over some period of time we kept losing the females and kept finding them a week or so later dead and dried up, and we could never figure out how and why, as we had a metal grid on top of the cage, and for some reason it was always the female that got lost. It wasn't until 1 day when we spotted the female on top of the males back, as he stood up and lifted her in one corner, she used her head to lift up the metal grid and squeeze herself out. Quite innovative really. We gave up little after a year of keeping salamanders, the hassle of them eternally trying to escape, and the little entertainment value they provided, it didn't seem worth it. I personally prefer pets that I can interact with to a degree, and I do get attached to my animals so having to search frantically for a salamander in the hope I'll find it before it dries up, really isn't for me.
They are stunning and fun to look at, but only for a little while. You'd definitely have to be very interested in amphibians to keep it as a pet for very long.