We seem to have many Salamanders around our Greenhouses
and have just discovered they lay eggs. Never thought much about it
before but after reading the use of these eggs for children to watch the
development of life, I became curious as to "what are benefits to the
balance of nature do Salamanders provide?" Should we encourage them
around the Greenhouses or will they become a pest?
Most salamanders lay eggs in water.
They eat earth worms, possibly insect grubs, etc. and are eaten by a variety
of larger birds and other animals. While this is an important part of the
balance of nature they are usually of little concern one way or the other to
the human economy - in other words they won't be pests, but there's probably
no real "practical" benefit to encouraging them. They are a fascinating and
wonderful part of nature - enjoy observing them.
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Update: June 2012