During the World Wild Web of the mid-90s everybody was using cute email handles instead of their name; I wanted a cute email handle too, but salamander was taken. That's how I became asalamander. As in the one but also, of course, not one. Because, you know, I'm not.
The salamander thing was from the only pets I had as a kid. I caught three salamanders in the woods at different times -- an orange one, a striped one and one with spots. I had a sizeable terrarium in my room where my dad grew African violets; never had to water them, it had its own ecosystem. So I buried a dish to make a pond for them and put them in there, and they promptly dug tunnels and hid from me for the duration of their time as my pets, which I seem to remember was a few years! Every now and then I'd actually see one surface. It was as exciting as seeing one in the wild, because they never ever came out. So that was my "pet experience" -- them just hiding from me the whole time. Eventually I fished them out of there and set them free in a swampy area near a pond, where I'm sure they reverted right back to their fascinating natural habits of more hiding.
Well that was all fine, but then everyone got more serious and professionalized and started switching to their real names and cute email handles were really just so 1998, but I had waited too long and my name and all its variants had been taken long ago. I was going to have to append a significant portion of the Fibonacci Sequence to ever get to "Available!" And, it's not even my real name, which I only use at the bank. Although that was taken too.