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Default Tiger Salamander not eating

Apologies if this was already covered, but I cannot seem to find anything that helps so far. I recently purchased a newly morphed tiger salamander, and it shipped roughly two weeks ago. At first he walked around his new enclosure (plastic tub with holes drilled in, coco fiber substrate with a little moss on top but not enough to obstruct burrowing, kept at about 60 degrees F, dim light in the day and dark at night) and on his second day he ate a red wiggler. The next time I tried feeding him he tried to bite at one but kept missing, and eventually gave up. From then on he refused red wigglers, which didn't surprise me considering our axolotl hates them as well. So since he looked a little thin I decided to get waxworms since I know those are rarely turned down. The next two feedings he ate the waxworms I provided with no problem. However the third time he grabbed a waxworm and then dropped it, tried to bite it and missed roughly 5 times, and gave up. Ever since then hes refused any waxworms or red wigglers, and it has been a week. I've tried tong feeding, leaving a waxworm in front of him supervised, leaving one in a bowl for him, but it's been a week and he still hasn't eaten. He also hasn't burrowed really at all, mainly just sitting under his bark hide. I know they can last a while without eating but I'm a little worried considering he's a juvenile (probably only 5-6 inches at this point) and was wondering if there's anything else I can do. Besides our axolotl, this is my first salamander.



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I would try different feeders. Crickets seem to work well or just normal earth worms. Make sure to dust your crickets before feeding. If you think the crickets might be too fast pull their jumping legs off too. This will really slow them down.



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Assuming he's otherwise healthy I wouldn't worry too much about him not eating. Mine hasn't eaten in about ten weeks and is still energetic and digging a lot. Looks fine other than edema in his back legs. Currently visiting the vet to get him healthy again.

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Assuming he's otherwise healthy I wouldn't worry too much about him not eating. Mine hasn't eaten in about ten weeks and is still energetic and digging a lot. Looks fine other than edema in his back legs. Currently visiting the vet to get him healthy again.

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Well he is rather thin, and considering he's still pretty young I'm a tad worried. He's been seeming more lethargic than usual, he barely reacts if I move him now




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He certainly looks a lot slimmer than ours. The vet weighed ours on the first visit and again this morning and his weight has been stable over a period of 4-5 weeks. He's also very young although a bit bigger than yours. Anyway I'm glad I chose to see a vet.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Hope yours gets better soon.

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