Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
British Columbia, Canada
Posted Oct 01, 2013
For 2 years I took care of a tiger salamander as part of my job at a wetland education center. My experience with this animal is why I often suggest salamanders as a first pet for anyone owning a reptile. As they live in swamps throughout North America, they're typically OK with a room temperature terrarium so you don't need any expensive heat lamps or materials. They eat insects and the one I cared for was hand-fed mealworms. They're easy to handle and pretty slow-moving, so you don't have to worry about them escaping from small hands. And even if they do nip, they're toothless so it's painless. They're sweet animals, just not particularly exciting.