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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
This is part of a series on extreme pets that includes books on keeping lizards, piranhas (fleshing-eating fish), rats, snakes and spiders. I was pleased the author insisted the reader get a salamander from a reputable breeder and not just go to the nearest stream to pick one up. Creatures born in the wild suffer when confined to a cage. Did you know you can damage a salamander's skin by touching it with your oily, salty hands? Now I feel guilty about all the salamanders I touched when I was a kid exploring the streams in our neighborhood. Some salamanders are better suited as pets than others, but none of them is going to be cuddly, even to the extent a gecko or a snake is. The book is informative and straightforward about the good and bad points of having a salamander as a pet. The author stresses the need to keep your salamander in a clean and healthy habitat. Since this is an overview of life with a salamander, you'd be advised to read more detailed works about the creature before buying one. But, even if you end up not getting a salamander, the book is an interesting read with good photos. You can count me out on having any of the creatures discussed in this series. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599202358
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Extreme Pets Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

What Is a Salamander?     4
Do You Really Want a Salamander?     6
Salamander Families     8
Buying Your Salamander     10
Housing Salamanders     12
Specialty Housing     14
Plant Life     16
Food and Diet     18
Cleaning the Tank     20
Salamander Companions     22
Breeding Salamanders     24
Sick Salamanders     26
Endangered Salamanders     28
Glossary     30
Further Information     31
Index     32
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