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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?



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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.

J. Elliott



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