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post #8 of (permalink) Old 09-27-2003, 09:33 AM
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Go to a pet-store and find a (Puppy-Salamander) improperly named, actually is a {Grey Tiger Salamander}. These guys can live for up to 10+ years in captivity, with moderate care, and can tolerate almost any HOME conditions, (Heat/Humidity). They prefer 70F - 80F & 70H - 80H, simple to remember. The Grey tiger salamander is a large newt, not actually a salamander, it has a tall tail, but lacks the rough skin that most adult newts, (Efts), have.

Setup the tank with small and medium natural bark, (Not red colored wood chips, red dyes are toxic.) and place a shallow bowl, (Tupperware style container or lizard pond), in one corner.

Get some natural looking planters for plants, stone pots, or earth colored pots for the plants. These guys like to burrow, so don't expect to plant plants directly in the wood chips.

Spray the wood chips with a water bottle sprayer, (Moisten, don't saturate the wood chips.) and for cosmetic appeal, add some of that nasty moss they sell in pet stores, just add water and squeeze it out. That should hold the humidity and temp at a moderate level. (Moss stinks because it is all dead... you have to change regularly every few months.

Every month, or few months, drop in new wood chips, prewashed and dried before adding. Then wash out the old ones you just removed with regular tap water, and allow them to dry for a month or two while your newly changed chips get dirty... Don't forget to re-moisten them with TREATED water, Chlorine/Chloramine remover... or use NATURAL SPRING WATER...

Moisten the wood as needed, this should be about once a week, judging from the size of the tank, and the holes I see.

Feed them a steady diet of crickets, possibly calcium doped crickets, but not exactly needed. Don't use GIANT MEALWORMS, they contain anti-morphing chemicals that can harm the newt... one cricket every two or three days will do well. They also eat worms, tiny mealworms, pinkey mice, small frogs, small newts, small salamanders, snails, slugs, and any other moving creature that it can fit in it's mouth... use caution, they don't know what is good for themselves... they just eat what is there!

They will beg for food, let you pet them, (wash your hands in water-only before and after petting, and don't do it too much), they are territorial, carnivorous, large, long-lasting, tolerant, and sloppy hunters... (They have a hard time eating out of your hands, but they will!)

20Gal. Long (Green-House) and 55Gal. Tall (Primary Tank)
4 Fire-Belly Toads, 2 Fire-Belly Newts,
2 Giant Black Millipedes, 1 Grey Tiger Salamander
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