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Tiger Salamander & Axolotl (Ambystoma tigrinum, A. mavortium spp, etc.) The Tiger Salamanders and the Axolotl are so popular amongst hobbyists that they have been given their own topic. If you're particularly interested in the Axolotl, there is a large section of the forum devoted mainly to beginner Axolotl enthusiasts (not this topic).

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Old 3rd February 2018   #1
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Question Should I regularly unearth my Tiger Sal?

So in the past two and a half months I have seen him come to he surface once, and I fed him then but havenít seen any trace of him being on the surface of his substrate. It is Winter in New England but I keep my apartment at 66f min. Iím always scared of hurting him as I have dug him up before, I just donít like to. I just donít want t worry about him being dead all of the time.



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Default Re: Should I regularly unearth my Tiger Sal?

I would say no, unless you are aware of a health problem. When I first had mine, I would worry about not seeing them, but over time you do get used to it. Remember they are mole salamanders and generally like to be out night time.
How about trying this. In the evening spray your tank with water add some worms and switch off or turn down lights really low and be patient.



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Default Re: Should I regularly unearth my Tiger Sal?

So I have been spraying it regularly and was tapping on the glass to get its attention, but I wasnít leaving worms out unless it came up because they usually just die. I left some like you said to, and so far they are perishing it seems and thereís no sign of the Salamander coming up. Iím just worried about it not eating. Itís only 6-7 inches long, and hasnít grown much even since it was in its larval form. It changed in May and finished in July of last year.



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Default Re: Should I regularly unearth my Tiger Sal?

Be patient. It will come out when it needs to eat. They can go quite a while without eating if need be. Once it is hungry enough, it will come out. When that happens, you can begin forming a feeding routine for it.



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Default Re: Should I regularly unearth my Tiger Sal?

For some reason my post didnít have any text. What I was saying was that Iím upgrading it to a 20g soon so I will have no choice but to dig it up when I do so. I also intend to get one more to put in the 20g once it becomes terrestrial. I have a 10g separate for that. Is that enough for reading one through metamorphosis? Having two or maybe even three in a 20g would keep things more active in the tank.



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I have 2 tiger sals in a deep soil-type substrate. I *do* dig them up to feed them, about once per week.



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