Posted Mar 14, 2015
We found the spotted salamander when my Dad was digging the basement for our new house. It was back with bright yellow spots, and about 6 or 7 inches long.
We kept it in the newly formed basement footings where the fireplace was designated. The dirt there was cool and damp, just like a salamander likes.
There were plenty of crickets that came to that location naturally, so it never lacked for food.
Unfortunately, the salamander eventually died. I think they like to be left alone, and we may have tried to handle it too much.