• How might salamanders access an apartment?

    Question

    Have you encountered anyone stating that they had salamanders in their apartment? This came to my attention recently. The only information I have is that a tenant claimed she found dead salamanders in her apartment. The apartment is tight and was recently remodeled, thus, no mice or such.

    Naturalist's Response

    The only explanation I could give for salamanders in an apartment might be that the tiny critters found a drain or some ground floor access from a moist area outdoors. Since salamanders must stay moist, these amphibians would quickly dry and die indoors. Another possibility is that they were brought in with house plants or soil that had been outdoors for a time.

    -Naturalist Dottie Drockton