Often, the quest for a reptile pet companion is because you want to have that wow factor in your house and you want to buy that giant lizard, giant snake. Sometimes it might be a mistake, because they get way too big. But a Salamander is an easy to keep animal that is a great choice when it comes to wanting something that's got the wow factor.
Here, I have a pair of Tiger salamanders. Simple set up if you want to keep these in captivity. They like a lot of space. They like to go under the ground. They're actually called from the Mole salamander family where they'll live underneath the ground in a very, very moist, like side of the riverbank type of environment.
But in captivity they show their face a lot more than they do in the wild. And they often come out to the top of the substrate to feed. So, earthworms, any kind of insect, even baby mice are the prey and the food for a captive salamander.
Salamanders are slimy. They don't tolerate really a lot of handling. The way to do it, really, is to hold them underneath and not wipe your finger across the top of them. Just the oils on your fingers is enough to irritate them. And they like to keep that little sliminess to them in order to stay healthy. They'll get every bit of 10 inches when they're full grown and are long-lived as well.
My only caution on these is that in the wild some places they're very, very threatened, endangered, therefore, protected. So, please check your local laws before you buy one. And don't order one online and have it shipped into your neighborhood. It may be illegal where you live. The Tiger salamander and salamanders in general make awesome starter pets and have that wow factor, again, because of their immense size and their voracious appetite. The Tiger Salamander.