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Heating for salamandra enclosure?

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Fire Salamanders (Salamandra) The first salamanders described, this diverse genus of species and subspecies can be found throughout Europe and the Near-East. They are the animals that first come to mind when most people hear the word "salamander".

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How would I heat my salamandra terreteris outdoor enclosure when it gets below 0c? Btw I have an outdoor power sorce but its a good 15ft from the location of enclosure



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I don't think you will need it as long as they have somewhere reasonably deep, underground to go to. I have kept mine outdoors all year round for a few years now, around Autumn time I add a deep layer of leaves inside their enclosure and also around their enclosure. However, if we ever get a particularly harsh winter, I would remove them and bring them into a cool room indoors.

This is a link to my enclosure :- Introducing my Salamandra s terrestris



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I agree with Julia totally. I keep terrestris and fastuosa in an outside enclosure. No heating provided. As Julia says, allow the animals to get underground away from the surface. Mine have little cavities made with small logs and thick bark overlaid with ten inches of responsibly sourced leaf mould over which a thick layer of semi decomposed oak, beech and sweet chestnut leaves are placed. Terrestris certainly is active even at 7C as can be seen when they come to the surface whereas my fastuosa seems to prefer it a little milder. If I expect a very heavy frost or snow, I place a folded hessian sack over the lid just in case. My big concern would be rapid swings in temperatures if the enclosure rceived a lot of sun light as a -6C night could easily become +something very quickly and I'd not want my animals dormant one moment and active a few hours later only to be faced with another cold night.



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