Salamander family next to drain hole

jollyrdOctober 27, 2012

Should I worry? There is a salamander family that continues to live (and reproduce) next to the outdoor drain hole. The drain hole is at the base of the steps going from ground level to the basement; there is a french drain surrounging the basement. I've seen adult salamander go inside the hole and hide inside/underground. I've seen baby salamander too. They have been there for years now, sometimes I find it dead in the hole, but eventually they continue to exist. I never saw them anywhere else in the garden.

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That's why you put a screen or cover over drain outlets.

They're harmless anyway.

We used to have garter snakes living behind the stones of our basement walkup, only poking out their heads on a sunny day. Partly explains why we didn't have a mouse problem.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 11:42AM
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Slamanders are totally harmless and they eat bugs...where is the downside of them being there?

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 12:54AM
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The only concern I have: the rare chance that they will sneak inside the basement when I open the door. Based on my observation, they reproduce very fast. LOL With the hurricane passing through, I was opening the door often to check the drain status -- and I saw toads, and other little reptiles in that spot.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 12:16PM
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They do not reproduce fast, once per year and most die.
They are slow and won't run into the house.
Make a small water feature and enjoy! They do eat bugs.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 10:52AM
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I'd be really careful. I've heard of salamanders growing to be eight feet long and 500 pounds. They have been known to devour human flesh. They have been known to hide within bathtub faucets, and when you turn the water on, they slither out and get you, and pull you into the faucet. If you break their tail, they will immediately multiply to 5 more salamanders within seconds. They are very difficult to get rid of. You can't call just any pest removal team, they need to be specially trained in salamander removal - and it takes years and years of training and sometimes loss of limbs before anybody really gets good at it. You need to wait for the 3rd full moon of the year, and the temperature must be between 73.6 degrees and 73.9 degrees, and you must chant the words "gargon margoyle jehoobus" at least 3 times, while wearing pink pumps, green eyeshadow and a blonde wig - and you need to be hopping up and down on one leg with your eyes crossed the whole time you're doing this. If you don't follow these precise instructions, you are doomed.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 4:39PM
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Thanks, Navin -- you just brightened up a pretty gloomy day! Just polished my pink pumps -- now I have to find a salamander!

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 8:54PM
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I think I saw that movie on Svengoolie last saturday!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 10:21AM
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