by Clare Hibbert

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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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Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
Extreme Pets Series
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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