Care and Natural History
Although technically a captive care manual, I’ve included a great deal of natural history information garnered from a lifetime of working with amphibians as well as research updates from technical and popular journals. Captive breeding is stressed, with specific advice given for each species covered.
There are also chapters on classification, senses and behavior, terrarium set-up and maintenance (ranging from basic to highly complex, planted exhibits and outdoor enclosures) nutrition, collecting and rearing food animals, health care and obtaining specimens.
The book is illustrated with 80 new, brilliant photographs, the majority taken by friend and Herp World legend Dick Bartlett. Others are the work of Zig Leszczynski, whose lifetime of contributions to the field cannot be overstated.
Photos of rarely seen species abound – the Flatwoods, Texas Blind, Spring, Anderson’s, Red-Cheeked, Painted Ensatina, Scott’s Barr and Red-Legged Salamander – to name a few.
The species covered in detail range from pet trade staples through US natives that rarely appear in the trade but are none-the-less well suited to terrarium life. Also included are a number of salamanders that are at present seen only in the collections of advanced hobbyists.
Following is a small sample of the newts and salamanders that are discussed at length:
Tiger, Spotted and Marbled Salamanders
Lesser and Dwarf Siren
One, Two and Three Toed Amphiumas
Fire Bellied Newt
Spanish Ribbed Newt
Northern Red Salamander
Barred Tiger Salamander image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by OpenCage
Red-backed Salamander image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by Brian.Gratwicke