Seeing a reptile reminded me how I wish I had a pet Salamander… I did some research on that though, months ago, and found out the species I’d like to keep prefers habitats of forests, swamps and so on… quote:
"Their moist skin usually makes them reliant on habitats in or near water, or under some protection (e.g., moist ground), often in a wetland."
"The Spotted Salamander usually makes its home around hardwood forest areas. They must have a pond as that is the only place they can lay eggs. A spotted salamander spends most of its time beneath ground level. It hides in moist areas under moss-covered logs or stones. These salamanders are secretive and will only exit their underground home on warm rainy nights in Spring, to breed and hunt. However, during the winter, they hibernate underneath ground level. Their defenses from predators include hiding in leaf litter or logs, autotomy, and a poison, which is not harmful to humans.”
I realized that it’d just be too cruel to have one live in a simple muddy aquarium with sunk, chopped branches.