What do salamanders eat?

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 The answer to that question depends of the age of the salamander. How younger the salamander, how smaller the food. In most of the cases the larf eats his own eggchell and lives the first week of micro-organisms called 'infuus' that lives in water what is already in culture (pond water). After a week the larf starts eating small animals, such as little daphnids or cyclopsen. After two weeks they like larger daphnids and after three or four weeks they are large enough for tubifex or red mosquito larvae. After six up to eight weeks they eat the same as the adult animals, only smaller formats.

Adult salamanders at the water stage eat also the aforesaid food animals completed with rainworms, maggots, and mysis.

Adult salamanders at the country stage eat almost everything what crawls and smaller is than themselves, like fruit flies, spiders, rainworms, maggots, springtails, flour maggots and buffaloworms. Also you can offer them red mosquito larvae on a wet tissue.








Concerning the housing of a salamander is much to tell. A salamander is not the easiest animal yo keep. The size of the aquarium/terrarium, the lighting, the temperature, the air humidity degree and the country/water proportion all play a role at succeeding your hobby. By salamander type these factors can be very different and therefore essential information is required for the success.






Buying salamanders:

At buying salamanders you are dependent of the offer of the animal shops/garden centres. That offer consists for 95% of five species, namely: the Axolotl, the Spanish ribbed newt, the Cynops OriŽntalis, the Paramesotriton Hongkongensis and the Pachytriton Labiatum, of which the last three types are sold frequently as Chinese redbelly's. These are practical always caught in the wild in Asia, and live from the moment that they are caught up to the moment that they end up in the animal shop under piteous circumstances. Frequently more dead than living they reach your livingroom and that is a bad start for your new salamander adventure.

My advise is:


search for information about the housing for each salamander type. There are a lot of salamander websites with much information on specific types. Also you can ask questions on forums and newsgroups.

Check your purchase!A healthy salamander will always turn immediately, after you have laid him on its back. When he doesn't do that, he is not healthy. Look also to asperities on its skin. Does he have strange white spots? Does he still have all its toes? Does the salamander react alert? Look to the complete condition of the salamander.


If you intend to buy salamanders, I advise to surf on internet first. By dozens of breeders in the Netherlands and Belgium there are raised firstclass newts. These animals are in general much healthier than newts who are caught in the wild. Also in moral perspective these breeded newts are prefered above the animals that are caught in the wild.

Click here for a list of the legislation concerning salamanders.

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