orm salamander Several species of newts and salamanders are available to hobbyists. The larger species of ambystomid salamanders (tiger, spotted, marbled, ringed salamanders) are certainly worth exploring for new husbandry projects, along with the amphiumas, waterdogs, and hellbenders (where legal). Most small native species are best just enjoyed viewing in the wild unless you want to raise springtails and other small invertebrates for them.

Herper.com's pages:

Salamander links:

Herpetological publication links (PDF):

Alexandrino, et al. Historical biogeography and conservation of the golden-striped salamander (Chioglossa lustanica)... chapter.

Azizi & Landberg. 2002. Effects of metamorphosis on the aquatic escape response of the two-lined salamander (Eurycea bislineata). J Exp. Biology 205: 841-9.

Crespi, et al. 2003. Testing Pleistocene refugia theory: phylogeographical analysis of Desmognathus wrighti... Mol. Ecology 12: 969-84.

Humphries & Pauley. 2005. Life history of the hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, in a West Virginia stream. Am. Midl. Nat. 154: 135-42.

Nickerson, et al. 2002. Ecological status of the hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) and the mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. J NC Academy of Science 118(1): 27-34.

Trenham, et al. 2000. Life history and demographic variation in the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense). Copeia 2000(2): 365-377.