Worked with pet (didn’t own)
By Sara Viernum
Portland, Oregon, United States
Posted Nov 09, 2011
Spotted salamanders can make good pets as long as they have the right habitat to live in. These are robust salamanders that can be held without fear of harming them. They also have a big appetite for a salamander due to their bulky size. Like all salamanders they are secretive so don't expect to see them constantly out crawling around their enclosures.
They are fairly easy to acquire through biological supply companies. But as with every new pet make sure they are legal to own in the state you live in. And never, ever release them into the wild if you purchased one. They may not be native to your area or may have a disease that could spread to local amphibian populations.
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