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Good Salamanders for a beginner?

Asmold1

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Heyo, ive had experience with reptiles and axolotls (only amphibian im experienced with) I know terrestrial salamanders are completely different in terms of care,dite,habitat etc. I Was wondering if anybody could help me with suggestions for a beginner salamander to get, and the appropriate habitat,diet and care that would go with it. I live in Australia, and over here any pet species that isnt native is most likely a no no in terms of legality, so a bonus if theres any good native/legal species of salamanders anybody could reccomend, Again apologies for my lack of knowledge regarding salamanders and newts, but its not an impulse buy, been wanting one for years
 

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unfortunately us Aussies can only keep axolotls and morphed axolotls. no other salamanders are legal here. i've seen morphed lottls for sale on the kellyville pets website. KellyVille pets is located sydney though.
 

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unfortunately us Aussies can only keep axolotls and morphed axolotls. no other salamanders are legal here. i've seen morphed lottls for sale on the kellyville pets website. KellyVille pets is located sydney though.
Bloody Australian rules, the morphed lotols look interesting, although their lifespans not great, and there being marketed as just "salamanders" but ill definintely inquire about them on KellyVille, unfortunate but thanks
 

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I knew a man who lives in Australia and kept various newts that he had gotten somehow, but that is a very dangerous game to play in Australia.
 

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I knew a man who lives in Australia and kept various newts that he had gotten somehow, but that is a very dangerous game to play in Australia.
yeah it really is, not just with salamanders/newts any pet thats not native and or already introduced is usually outlawed, no types of any chameleon, only native turtle species. Australias a bit more lenient with fish thankfully but still. Its a pretty big pain for an exotic pet owner haha
 
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    @Captive Bread, Glass tank, screen lid, did put him with AC and temop is great now :)
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    My salamander only seems to eat potato bugs :s
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    ...in captivity anyway, this was a wild one that I got fined for, but they never gave me the fine and neve rcame to seize him or my tank and accessories like they said they wold :s
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    dose any one have any tips/tricks for just hatched salamanders/newts
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  • salamandernewbe101:
    @FragileCorpse, Salamanders require a 10-12 hour day light cycle using an incandescent light with low levels of UVB lighting recommended. Never put your tank in direct sunlight, as the sunlight can heat the tank up too much.
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    @salamandernewbe101, just hatched will probably need BBS. I highly recommend the Brine Shrimp Hatchery Dish from Brine Shrimp Direct. It's wicked easy. Can be ordered from Amazon, two day if you get the one without eggs & order the eggs separately.
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    Skdecoteau: @salamandernewbe101, just hatched will probably need BBS. I highly recommend the Brine Shrimp... +1
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