| | Re: Begginner Basics(aka what the .... do i need)
How the terrarium must be heavily depends on what type of salamander you'd like.
I understand that fire salamanders are very hard to get in the US and quite expensive. (someone correct me if I'm wrong)
If I look at your 'ideal' requirements, I'd say find a tiger salamander. They fit all your requirements, except for the breeding part.
They have great character, can get quite tame and just love earthworms. Most salamanders/newts can live for 10+ years with the proper care (and some luck), so keep that in mind.