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Eastern Tiger Salamander

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)

Gender: N/A

Appearance

4/5

Health

4/5

Activity level

2/5

Temperament

5/5

Visibility

3/5

Easy to handle

5/5

Easy To feed

N/A

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

N/A

Easy to provide environmental needs

N/A

Easy to provide habitat

4/5

A great first amphibian

By

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.

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