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Silvia Hurd
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PostSubject: Spotted salamanders heat question.   Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:30 am

I have a question about these little guys. For now the temperature is just fine but I worry for the summer because the temps will be high and I'm sure will go over 75°F inside the house, even at its coldest spot + A/C. So I wonder... If I put them outside in a bigger cage with cypress as substrate, at least 15 inches, once they burrow will they be fine? Should I even make a hole in the ground and put the cypress so to be sure they don't cook? I already looked a little bit on the internet but without clear answers. Look for owners opinion.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotted salamanders heat question.   Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:41 am

Not sure if this helps, but I saw one member online keep her axolotls, who also require low temps, in a glass front, wine chiller fridge. She was able to keep the temps lower with the built in thermostat.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotted salamanders heat question.   Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:20 am

Spotted salamanders like all mole salamanders stay hidden the vast majority of the time, don't breed in captivity, and are fairly common. My suggestion if they have been in captivity for less than 30 days is to release them at the point of capture.

If you're determined to keep them I don't think normal room temperatures will be an issue. I often find them on the surface under logs when temperatures are in 70's to lower 80's. As a precaution, during the summer months you could place a frozen water bottle in the enclosure.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotted salamanders heat question.   Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:28 pm

Thank you both, this is very helpful! Smile Wouldn't the frozen water bottle might be hurtful if stuck to their sensitive skin though? Should I wrap it with baking paper (or sth else?) to protect them?
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PostSubject: Re: Spotted salamanders heat question.   Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:52 pm

The salamanders should not come in direct contact with frozen water bottle when it first comes out of the freezer. Once condensation starts to form on the bottle the salamanders won't stick (freeze) to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotted salamanders heat question.   Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:35 pm

Thank you for the tip, very nice Smile
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