A Basic Guide To Tiger Salamander Care

 A Basic Guide To Tiger Salamander Care

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What Do You Need To Take Care Of An Adult Tiger Salamander?


Tiger salamanders are very hardy amphibians that can enjoy being handled by their owners. Adult tiger salamanders eat store-bought insects and require very little terrarium maintenance. 

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Food And Water


Adult tiger salamanders eat a variety of insects since they dwell on land more often. They can be fed crickets, wax worms, and sometimes a pinkie mouse. Other insects that are a staple in their diet are superworms, dubia roaches, and earthworms. All of these items need to be store-bought because wild insects can carry parasites. The insects need to be dusted with vitamins and calcium powder to provide extra nutrients for your salamander. 


Adult salamanders just need a shallow dish of water. The water should not exceed more than two inches deep. The dish needs to be replaced every day with fresh water as well. Make sure that their shallow dish is also filled with dechlorinated water. 

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 Adult tiger salamanders need a substrate that is perfect for burrowing. Great substrates to use are potting soil without vermiculite, bark chips, and reptile moss. The substrate needs to be able to stay damp to provide proper humidity levels. Any type of gravel is not going to be good for burrowing. 


Tiger salamanders can produce a lot of waste because they eat frequently. Whatever substrate you use needs to be changed regularly. 




The enclosure you need should be 10-20 gallons. It does not need to have a lot of accessories because their tanks will need to be cleaned frequently. Their enclosures just need the appropriate substrate and some plants or other hiding places. 


The temperature of the enclosure needs to range from 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity needs to stay around 70%. Heat and UVB lamps are not required for tiger salamanders as well because too much heat will cause them a lot of stress. They just need the regular 12 hours of daylight through lighting in the room. 


When cleaning their enclosures, avoid using harsh chemicals. Tiger salamanders can absorb chemicals through their skin. These chemicals can be potentially harmful. Using hot water will be enough to clean their tank while the salamander is in a safe holding container. The water pH also needs to be monitored between cleaning as well. You can even use a water filter if you would like for more reassurance that the water is safe.

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 Tiger salamanders are very personable when they are well socialized. Many tiger salamanders will even gladly accept food from their owners instead of trying to hide. They need to be handled with care because they have delicate skin.  

 State Restrictions


Taking a tiger salamander from the wild is illegal. Luckily, purchasing from a reputable breeder is legal. Some states do not allow you to have a tiger salamander because of their populations declining in the wild.


If you are considering purchasing a tiger salamander, make sure you are in a state that allows possession and selling tiger salamanders. You should also ask breeders a lot of questions about how to properly care for a tiger salamander to avoid dealing with the potential of misinformation online. 

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Wrapping Up


Tiger salamanders are great for amphibian enthusiasts because they are one of the friendliest salamanders. Water maintenance is almost daily and they do not need lighting. They are very personable and require little care once they become adults.

Jade Messieh

Proud bearded dragon, tortoise, crested gecko, and green tree python mom. I've always been passionate about animals and hope to help other reptile & amphibian enthusiasts along their journey!

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