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One of the most strikingly coloured salamanders and growing up to 25cm, this species is an excellent amphibian pet for beginner and expert alike.
Fire salamanders are insectivorous, and should be offered as wide a range as possible of dusted, gutloaded insects on a regular basis. As they are prone to obesity, once they reach adulthood they do not need to be fed every day. All of the commonly available feeder insects are fine to use, but take care not to allow your salamander to become obsessed with any one food item.
Creating a suitable environment is critical for the well being of your salamander.
As a reasonably large amphibian, fire salamanders require roomy accommodation. A 60 x 45 x 30cm glass terrarium works well for a pair or trio, although larger is always better. They can be shy, and should be offered a large variety of different hiding places and leafy cover. They are not strong swimmers, and should be offered a wide, shallow water bowl. Fire salamanders like it cool, so keep the terrarium away from direct sunlight.
Hygiene is vital to all amphibians, so the enclosure should be cleaned out regularly with a reptile and amphibian safe disinfectant spray.