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How to Care for Long-Toed Salamanders

    • 1). Buy a container for the terrarium. Plastic shoe boxes work better in most cases than more expensive fish tanks because they are opaque but let light in. Too much light will cause the salamander to feel insecure, causing them to look for a place to hide.

    • 2). Add potting soil to the tank. Salamanders like to burrow, and a nontoxic substance like potting soil will allow them to do so safely. Use 3 to 6 inches of dirt to allow the salamander to burrow. Change this dirt every two to three months.

    • 3). Add moss clumps or bark to the tank if it is transparent. If your tank is see-through, the salamander needs a place to hide, so add this component.

    • 4). Place a dish of water in the tank. Salamanders like to lay in water, so use a dish large enough for them to lie in. Chlorine is toxic to them, so only use distilled or spring water. Tap water can be used if it is filtered or left out for 24 hours or more in an open container.

    • 5). Feed the salamander every two to three days with worms, baby mice or insects. Occasionally, dust this food with reptile vitamins.

    • 6). Keep the tank temperature fairly low. Ideally the salamander likes a temperature around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but they can tolerate a temperature up to 80 F. Make sure the tank is in a cool place in the summer.

    • 7). Handle the salamander as little as possible because the salt on human hands is toxic to them. If you do handle your pet, wet your hands first with nonchlorinated water.

    • 8). Remove the salamander waste as soon as possible.

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