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S. Salamandra vivarium suggestions

BurnsStPete

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Hello everyone,

I was finally able to find a beautiful captive bred fire salamander for sale locally. I was wondering if anyone that has experience keeping the species could offer any insight on how to create the best possible enclosure. I plan on incorporating live plants and a lot of moss. I would like to add some type of small waterfall/pool in the corner for aesthetics. However, I've read that outside of breeding, fire salamanders would rarely use it and it could be a drowning hazard. Should I incorporate an automatic mister? Any substrate suggestions? All information is appreciated.

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Look at caudata culture in my sig and find the care sheet! Or look in the subsection on the forum dealing with them.
 

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Salamandra require good ventilation, some types more than others (you don't mention what kind of fire salamander it is). The pool is a fine idea but keep in mind:
  • It shouldn't be more than 1-1.5 inches deep and requires steps or something to help them exit the water to prevent drowning.
  • They like to defecate in the water bowl so you will need to be able to change the water easily.
  • You must keep the water clean.
 

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Thanks John,

I don't pick it up until Saturday but judging by the photos I believe it is S. salamandra. Everything is almost set up. I'll make sure to post pictures this weekend.
 

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You mean a subspecies of Salamandra salamandra right? Like Salamandra salamandra salamandra, or Salamandra salamandra gallaica?
 
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