by Orang Asli
Salamanders can actually live for a very long time. In fact, some of them can live for up to 25 years. However, this can only be achieved if you take good care of your pet salamander. If you want your pet to live a longer life, then below are some guidelines on how to care for your salamander properly:
Number 1: Before you acquire a salamander, you need to secure a special collection permit from your local division of wildlife and conservation department. Your local authority might be issuing this permit to allow you to keep a salamander at home.
Number 2: Provide a tank or aquarium appropriate for your salamander. A tank that measures 1×2 feet is enough for a small to medium-sized salamander. However, you can go to as large as 3×4 feet. It should be tight enough to keep the salamander from escaping.
Number 3: Make sure you fill the tank with sand or soil for about 4 inches deep. Dig a hole in the sand and put a bowl of water in it. You may also use an old cake pan or loaf bread pan so it will fit well with the height of the sand. You need to provide an appropriate substrate for burrowing too.
Number 4: Put fresh water into the container. Salamander loves to stay in damp, green and dark areas; hence you can put green plants inside the tank. When you add water inside the tank, the runoff will eventually keep the sand wet.
Number 5: Secure rocks and other things that can be used as shades like driftwoods and leaves and put it inside your tank. But, make sure you put it in an organized manner so it will not ruin your set up.
Number 6: Salamanders produce excessive waste. Because of that, you need to clean the tank every now and then. If you fail to do this, ammonia will lodge inside the tank causing your tank to be polluted. If this will happen, your salamander will get sick and eventually die.
Number 7: See to it that your tank is always dry for terrestrial terrarium, but keep your substrate slightly damp. If you are keeping semi-aquatic salamanders, make sure that the land part is moist, but not submerged in water. In the meantime, the water on the wet-side should always be clean.
Number 8: Salamanders can be kept in room temperature. Generally, salamanders have sensitive skin and they have the tendency to acquire chemicals instantly. Thus, they don’t need certain UV lights. Instead, see to it that you rotate the daylight and dark cycle to imitate their natural environment.
Having a pet at home may wipe out your stress and give you a different feeling of happiness. Surely, you will find a worthwhile moment with your own salamander. However, once you have your own salamander, make sure that you don’t forget your responsibilities as a pet owner. Take good care of your salamanders well so they will live long and happily with you.
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