Spotted Salamander, The Best Pet Amphibian?



well hi there I'm here today with one of my very favorite salamanders which is the spotted salamander and there are so many reasons that I love these guys first of all I really like the size that they are they're a good size salamander actually there are a lot of salamanders that are much bigger than that you know – about 6 feet long others like tiger salamanders get bigger than this but most salamanders are actually way smaller than this a huge group of salamanders are in fact lungless means they don't have any lungs they they breathe entirely through their skin and that's only possible if you're very very small and so they're all very little this is one of the lungs salamanders from group of salamanders called the mole salamanders and so for a salamander it's huge this spotted salamander comes to us from animal Ark and worm Utah which is one of the great pet stories if you're ever in the neighborhood you should definitely check them out they also can ship nationwide so if there's something you're looking for it's actually a pretty good chance they've got it they've got a great selection of rad stuff and a kookaburra I love their face it is arguably the most adorable face in the animal kingdom and they're just beautiful I love that jet black color with those yellow spots they're just such glorious little animals and they actually make great pets but are they the right pet for you to help you figure that out we're gonna break this down into our five categories which are handle ability care hardiness availability and upfront costs overall we give the spotted salamander a score of 3.8 out of 5 so the first thing that we should talk about is handle ability and we give this spotted salamander a score of 4 out of 5 for handle ability which honestly is probably about as high of a score as it is possible to give to an amphibian these guys are as good for handling as namibian could possibly be there not gonna bite you they don't even really have any clause with which to scratch you they're not gonna run away they're not gonna jump they're just gonna hang out with you the hardest thing you'd ever have to do is like the tiniest little bit of tread Mele there are perfect for handling accept the fact that they are amphibians and just like all amphibians they have got a permeable skin through which moisture but also chemicals that might be on your hands can penetrate and so whatever's on your hands could actually end up inside of their body as a result if you ever decide to handle near of salamanders you should make sure that your hands are very clean not just clean from dirt and things but but also washed off very very thoroughly so there's no residue with soap or anything like that on them and even then just keep handling to a minimum other than that though they're perfect they're perfect really when it comes to care we give the spotted salamander a score of four out of five the care for these guys is actually relatively simple but it does require some daily or near daily maintenance they're definitely gonna need an aquarium that holds humidity fairly well I would recommend a glass aquarium because these guys aren't going to burrow and so most of the time you're not gonna be able to see them and they're not very good for handling so when they do come out and they will you're gonna want to be able to see them and if you keep them in a tub which is another perfectly reasonable way that you can keep them you're probably gonna see them when they come out and then all you really have is a hole in the ground that makes insects disappear no matter what kind of enclosure you use glass or plastic tub make sure it has a good lid because amphibians in general when they start to get a little bit dry they get very tacky so even if they don't have the toe pads like you see on a tree frog almost any amphibian at certain times can climb right up glass or plastic and if you don't have a good lid on there you're improving will get away and a big problem with them two beams is that they can't survive very long side of their humid enclosure so you know you could lose a gecko and you might have a couple weeks to track it down in your house before it would die of dehydration that is not the case with the salamander it could be dead within a few hours and so you definitely want to make sure that you have a good lid on there you are gonna need to feed them several times a week they're gonna eat insect feeders and and worms they'll honestly eat about anything that moves amphibians tend to be fairly optimistic about what they can swallow so just keep that in mind when deciding which insect eaters to offer do we have a whole video on great insect feeders should definitely check that out because all of those would be pretty good at least in moderation for a spotted salamander one of the probably daily or near daily maintenance things that you're gonna need to do is going to be that you're gonna need to mist the enclosure you can do that either with a misting bottle or you could buy a misting system then you wouldn't have to do it manually as regularly that would help if you were gonna go out of town for a weekend or something like that it should be enough moisture so that you can keep your salamander hydrated and the humidity is high but not so much that it's soaks the enclosure you might start to have problems with mold they also should have access to a water bowl that they can get in and all of the water that you use for a spotted salamander or any amphibian needs to be dechlorinated and treated you can you can buy drops that you add to the water at basically any sort of aquarium store that sells things for fish because fish need this as well also you can buy treated water you might purified water at the grocery store just make sure you don't get distilled water because that can actually kill them so this is very important purified water not distilled water they do really well in a bioactive sort of enclosure we actually have a great video on how to build a bioactive enclosure and and something like that would be really great for them I would recommend something with more floor space and less vertical space than the enclosure depicted in that video and another thing is I would add a drainage layer that that built for something more like a crested gecko where you're not gonna be really getting the ground very moist at all you can do without a drainage layer for these guys you're definitely gonna want a drainage layer and we'll do a video in the future on how to build one there's probably a lot of tutorials on minority as well you better just like and subscribe just in case though so that you're aware when that video comes out didn't I click the little bell too so so that that notification comes right to you can watch it like seconds after it comes out that's what I do when it comes to hardiness we give the spotted salamander a score of four out of five they're really just as solid as an amphibian can be especially for an amphibian that is generally wild-caught they have a very long lifespan for an amphibian and in excess of ten years potentially considerably longer than that and that is a long time for a salamander really given proper care the biggest threats to them are just gonna be things like chemicals on your skin chemicals potentially in the water also excessive heat dehydration freezing temperatures these sorts of things that might kill them they also could be exposed to certain pathogens bacteria and fungus that that could harm them very much so you're gonna want to be careful about quarantine with any new amphibians that come into your collection and given that these come from the wild it is possible that they could come already with some of these things it's not super common but it is a concern in isolation at least after a quarantine period given the proper care a spotted salamander should really thrive for you in captivity when it comes to availability we give the spotted salamander a score of three out of five these are one of the more available at least large salamander species in the United States pride tiger salamanders are the only considerably more available salamander species out there and these are very similar to a tiger salamander in a lot of ways they're just a little bit smaller like I said they're all wild-caught which is never ideal it's not as big of a deal at least if you live in North America as it is for other species that are imported from overseas because their journey to your door is much shorter they're less likely to be stressed and dehydrated then they would be if they came from say Africa or Asia also one of my big issues with wild cut animals is just the impact that it can have on wild populations and that is still an issue with these guys though management in North America of wild fauna tends to be pretty good so they're probably not being over harvested you're going to be able to find these guys occasionally at pet stores and and sometimes at reptile expose as well online you'll be able to find one almost anytime you want one when it comes to upfront costs when you've the spotted salamander a score of four of the five when it goes to buying the animal itself it's one of the less expensive salamanders you could possibly get there probably are a few that are cheaper but this is a fairly affordable animal the enclosure can be very inexpensive especially if you go with the tub you could make a glass enclosure that just really beautiful and amazing and that'll cost some money but it's still not an excessive amount of money for such a cool animal I would recommend a glass enclosure with a good lid you may need to put some glass or other sort of plastic on top to regulate how much humidity is lost during the day by your enclosure then I'll vary somewhat based on where you are if you live in the desert you'll need to do that for sure if you live somewhere like Florida where it's very humid you probably don't need to worry about maintaining humidity nearly as much you'll definitely want a water bowl they're gonna need a place that they can soak they're gonna need a substrate like Eco earth and spag demas that will hold hold a lot of moisture without rotting without molding very easily you're gonna need a misting bottle or some sort of a misting system you're gonna need water conditioner I would get that no matter what you can still buy purified water at the grocery store that's also a great option lights and this is a great thing about amphibians almost across the board any lights that you use will pretty much be for the benefit of your viewing pleasure and to keep any plants that you might have in with them thriving however the animal itself only needs a tiny bit of ambient light that it could probably get from any room in which you would be housing your salamander unless you keep it inside of some sort of and these are the reasons that the spotted salamander gets a score of 3.8 out of five again that's not a super high score but amphibians have certain drawbacks to them that are gonna prevent any of them from scoring too much higher than that this is really one of the best pet amphibians you could possibly get and that's actually why they were on our list a five of the best than amphibians you could get because they are so cool as always like and subscribe and make sure you click the little bell so you get notifications and more cool amphibian and salamander and of course reptile videos come out and thank you to all of you on patreon for making so many amazing things possible for us we are really really really grateful for your contribution and your support for us so thank you real soon [Laughter]

32 thoughts on “Spotted Salamander, The Best Pet Amphibian?

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  2. Can you pls make a video of a chamaeleo ? I want to buy a new lizerd that likes to be heandeld and it grows to a good size and it's not that expensive. I watched all you're videos chost to find a good lizerd but the ones that I liked are very expensive

  3. Is it difficult to breed them in captivity? It seems they are one of the better amphibians as far as care is concerned, maybe somebody should try that.

  4. Please explain why distilled water is a problem? I have been using distilled in my dart frog and red eye tanks for years and never had an issue.

  5. If a native species is threatened or endangered but is available in the pet trade (online, captive bred) is it legal to own it as a pet? For instance i live in Illinois where Blandings turtles populations are endangered. could I own one if I purchased captive bred? (Not thinking of getting one just an example) another question I have is if Blandings are endangered here but we are able to captive breed them why don’t we release some of them into the local ecosystems to help repopulate them?

  6. Could you please please please do a video on caecilians? They are endlessly fascinating! (PS What were you singing at the end there?)

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