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Hello,

I found this little salamander in my backyard in Michigan
I have no idea about salamanders but decided to try and keep him and do some research.
And more tips on care for him

I need help What kind??
He is Black with yellow dots all over
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He is definitly a type of mole salamander (a kind that likes to stay buried in leaf litter and moist soil). He looks like a tiger salamander because of his face and scattered spots, but he also looks a bit like a yellow spotted salamander. If you want to research him and how to care for him, you should look up tiger salamanders. There is quite a bit of information out there on them.



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It's an Eastern tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum. I have owned many of these- you could not ask for an easier, hardier first salamander. However they still have some very specific care requirements. Here are a couple of articles:
Caudata Culture Articles - Tiger Salamander 101
Tiger Salamander Care Sheet

Here are a few key points for keeping tigers:
- Keep them in a cool, moist environment
- Keep them well fed with live prey
- Give them lots of hiding places
- Do not handle them except when absolutely necessary, and do so only with clean hands; no bug spray, lotion, soap, perfume, etc.



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