Posted Nov 10, 2014
Herman was a barred tiger salamander and he was my substitute for the snake my mama refused to let me have in her house. These salamanders are the best to have in captivity as most salamanders tend to hide, won't take food from their owner's hand, and are very fragile. These guys are actually quite visible and active. They do like to burrow so you have to keep bark or potting soil in their terrarium so they can burrow. They're pretty big as far as salamanders go, Herman was about 8 inches but they can get as big as 11 inches. Herman was already in the adult stage when I found him so he had already shed his gills and lived on land. He did have his little swimming pool, which was just a large dish with about an inch of water in it that he would soak in sometimes. You can't handle these guys too much because they have very sensitive skin but Herman was fun to watch in his habitat. I loved watching him and he had that signature grin which was really funny to me. These guys like to eat!! They eat mostly little feeder insects like crickets and stuff but Herman's favorite was wax worms. It appears that wax worms are a little fattening and should probably only be given as treats. I had no idea that salamanders could get fat but trust me, Herman was a fat salamander. From what I understand that's actually quite common among tigers so you have to regulate their food. His habitat had to be cleaned almost daily and it would smell if it went to long. My mama didn't care to much for Herman but I liked him a lot and she would at least tolerate him. This really is a great substitute for people who can't have a snake or traditional lizard.