Keeping a Salamander as a Pet

Tiger Salamander

Tiger SalamanderSalamanders are one of those animals of the wild that have caught the interest of many exotic pet enthusiasts. Salamander is a common name of approximately 500 species of amphibians. They are typically characterized by their slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. Although they look like lizards, which are reptiles, salamanders are actually amphibians.

The small salamanders are popular as pets but salamanders can grow from 1 inch to 5 feet in length, depending on the specie. Popular salamander subspecies include the spotted salamander and the tiger salamander. One interesting fact about salamanders is that they have the ability to regrow lost limbs.

Salamanders can be categorized into three types namely: aquatic, semi-aquatic and terrestrial. As the three categories suggest, some salamanders spend maximum time in water, some on land while some subspecies juggle between land and water. Some salamanders breathe through lungs, some through their skin and there are even some which breathe through mouth. Salamander feeding depends on the type of salamander that you have. Water salamander may eat rain worms and maggots. A land salamander loves fruit flies and spiders. The best salamander food you can give your pet includes crickets, worms, slugs and cockroaches. You can also purchase salamander food from pet stores and try it on your salamander.

Tiger salamander is perhaps the best salamander specie to bring home as pet. Tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum) are very attractive salamanders. Aside from there beautiful color, they can survive for a long time in captivity, as much as 25 years.

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