I have a tiger salamander and he is very interactive. You shouldn't handle them much because their skin absorbs anything on your hands, including oil, but my guy likes to crawl onto my hand and follows me around his tank. If you mist your tank enough you don't need a water source, but I would suggest one if you are just starting. Also, all you need for food are earth worms because they fulfil all nutritional needs. Mice and wax worms are too fatty. Cricketts need to be dusted or gutloaded. My tiger salamander is very easy to take care of, least expensive of all my critters (including the bettas), and VERY friendly. I highly suggest them for first herps.
1 Halfmoon "King" Betta (Leviathan) 1 "King" betta (Roku) and 1 Black Moor (Tui)
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The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" ~Jeremy Bentham