Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Posted Aug 09, 2015
Another teacher in my hallway, a science teacher, kept a Spotted Salamander in his room. It was a really cool pet to see, but it wasn't very kid friendly.
The aquarium had about an inch of water in it with various other swampy simulations (leaves, branches, etc.). It's diet consisted of crickets (available at your local pet store), which you can just put into the aquarium. Salamanders eat when hungry, so no need to worry if you don't see it go for the crickets right away.
As far as activity goes, salamanders don't provide much excitement. However, they have a really cool life cycle (similar to frogs) and they have the ability to regenerate limbs!
If you want a low maintenance pet that is somewhat exotic, a salamander is a fine choice. However, the cost can be rather high for all of the necessary accommodations to sustain life.