There is so much to talk about when you find a salamander in your basement! Such as: What's an amphibian? How is it like a snake? How is it like a frog? What do living things need to survive and thrive? Violet observed that each time the salamander moved, it made a new letter. After we dubbed him? her? an alphamander, we released him? her? back into his? her? dank, damp basementy home. I suppose the next question to pursue naturally, is how does one tell if a salamander is a girlamander or a salaboy?