How to Choose
So, you know you want a frog or salamander, but you’re not sure beyond that. There are some questions you can ask yourself to help you determine which species is right for you.
Would you like a pet that spends the majority of his time swimming? Or would you prefer a pet that splits his time between land and water? Fire-bellied newts and fire salamanders spend much of their time in the water. If the idea of observing your pet swimming for hours every day is appealing to you, one of these species may be the right choice for you. However, there are many other frogs and toads that enjoy the water but also spend much of their time on land. Some people prefer to watch their pet exploring a land area rather than swimming.
Does the coloring of your pet make a difference to you? Frogs and salamanders come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. A fire salamander is one of the flashiest animals of this type. His coloring is one of his greatest appeals for some, but other frog and salamander owners prefer a more muted animal. Skin colors and patterns that are more plain may allow the animal to blend into his surroundings more easily, creating a more naturalistic look to the enclosure.
Once you've decided between a frog or toad and a salamander or newt, there are a variety of species available in the pet trade. The final choice is up to you.