I am thinking about keeping a salamander or newt for a pet. (after reading up about them and learning how to take care of one, of course!) What is the best way to catch one, and where do most live?
You should never take an animal out of the wild. In a lot of places it is illegal and also they could come diseased and will be more aggressive then a captive bred.
Go to a pet store and buy a captive bred one (they can order you in one if they don't have one)