Slimy Salamander (Plethoelon glutinosus)Description:Habitat and Tank Requirements:Diet:Handling:Allow your salamander time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.Slimy Salamanders are mainly insectivorous and will feed on small crickets, mealworms, wax worms, earthworms, and any other insects small enough for them to ingest. As juveniles they will eat brine shrimp and freeze-dried worms. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.Be sure there are no openings through which your salamander can escape. A hole large enough for it to stick its head through is big enough for it to escape.These animals are comfortable in temperatures ranging from 68-76° F. They do not need special lighting.Use mulch or moss as a substrate to retain moisture and deep enough that your salamander can burrow in it. Add plants, woods, or rocks for them to hide in. A 15-20 gallon tank can house 1 or 2 adults.This species can live in a land-based aquarium set up so long as they have a shallow water bowl large enough for them to soak in. This water should be changed at least once every other day. Misting the tank with water every day or two is also recommended. If creating a partially aquatic tank with a filter, use common sense: a pump that is too small will leave the water dirty, while a too-powerful pump with filter out the microorganisms needed to maintain a healthy pH.This species is native to the Eastern US.Slimy Salamanders are black or brown in color with silver or white speckles. They typically grow between 4-7 inches long. They can live 4-6 years if properly cared for.