There are several types of creatures kept as pets but salamanders have added an exciting angle in the pet keeping activity. These exotic creatures have captured the imaginations of many in a way nobody could have imagined. People have started developing an unusual interest in keeping them in their homes but due to limited information on how to keep them, many do not know where to start and yet they are interested. If you want to know how to keep them, then look no further as this article will give you all the information that you need to know.
Things you need to know about salamanders
Type of species
Though salamanders and lizards look alike, the former are amphibians while the latter are reptiles. Their length ranges anywhere between 1-5 feet. There are about 500 species of salamanders and it is therefore very important to research about the species you want to keep. You should also know the requirements of each so that you can treat it well once you bring it home. Some people capture them from the forest and put them in captivity without bothering to know their needs and consequently many die as soon as they are brought home.
Housing a salamander
Salamanders are amphibians and like living in cool and damp places. Their body temperature and that of the surrounding should be optimum to their health. It should not be too high since they are cold blooded although when temperatures get too high they release a mucous like membrane to shield their bodies from heat. Therefore, always ensure that the enclosure is moist but not soggy as it may give room for fungus and bacteria to grow. Regularly clean their tank and remove all waste materials in it. Put a hiding place in the enclosure for sometimes salamanders do not like staying in the open. Ventilate the house well to get rid of foul smell but do not put big openings since they are perfect escape artists.
Feeding wild captured salamanders
Naturally salamanders feed on earthworms, slugs, woodlice, crickets, moths and meal worms but when kept in captivity they need to be provided with marine invertebrates such as brine shrimps, water fleas and small fishes among others. Some people erroneously feed them on pellets thinking they are just like other pets but they are not. Salamanders do not consider pellets as food and therefore they will simply starve themselves to death.
Handling of salamander
You should be very careful when handling a salamander, not because it can bite but because its skin is sensitive to chemicals. The soaps we use to wash clothes, cooking oils and lotions we apply on our bodies and table salt we add on our food can cause infections and even end up kill it. Therefore you should clean your hands thoroughly before and after touching it with soapy water as some salamanders secrete some toxins which can irritate your skin.
It is an excellent idea to keep wild salamanders but before you keep them you need to know how to take good care of them.