newtboy says... Be sure you wash your hands thoroughly before putting them in your mouth, the poison can stay on them for a while, and does effect mammals. It would probably just make you sick, but why take chances. I've raised Newts and Salamanders since I was little. I was really psyched when I moved to the Bay area from Texas and found them everywhere. Enzoblue said: We have these near where I live. In March there's a place I go near Cool, Ca where there's tons - you can pick them up and they don't seem to mind.