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    Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    my mom bought this little guy from the mall for my 5yr old for xmas. i didnt even know what he was, the man selling them told her to keep it in this tiny cage and feed it newt/salamander pellets, and to keep ice in the water? i didnt think this sounded right so i went to the pet store, they told me to feed him crickets and feeder fish, which he loves! and we put him in a 10gallon, he changed really fast, he is now mostly hanging out on the land. i was told he is a tiger salamander but i havnt seen any his color, they are all yellow and black. what kind is he? we really like him, my son named him toothless. we dont know much about salamanders and the people at the petstore arent very helpful. i have him in a 10gallon, feeding him crickets and goldfish, half land with soil, and half water with river rocks, i dont have any light or heater just room temp. anything else i need to know? thanks!!!

    i will post pics as soon as i can he is black with light brownish spots all over him






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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    Post pictures so we can identify what species it is...also a salamander is not a pet for a 5yrold. You are not supposed to handle salamanders much because the oils from our skin is hazardous to their health.
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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    yes, we read that about not handling them, i take care of him the guy at the mall talked my mom into buying it, she thought it was cute and they are calling them baby dinosaurs so people will buy them i guess. i think its wrong and sad, but im glad i ended up with him, because the petstore near the mall said most of them end up dieing because people dont know anything about them, he didnt even give a care sheet.

    i cant post pics until i have posted more so i will as soon as i can

    and no thats not him, he is actually more of a dark brown with darker brown spots, he has got a little darker since he has lost his gills

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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    dec. 25th

    jan. 18th

    jan. 18th...we plan on giving him more space once he has changed all the way, my husband made this set up with a plastic peice and silicone...

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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    you can post pictures, just go down the page when posting and you will see additional options, and attach files, just click on manage attachments and click browse and choose the image from your computer and open.
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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    There is a newer member who has one of these salamanders, if I can remember they can grow pretty big.

    here is the link:
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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    Be sure that you are using a dechlorinator on the water.

    Probably a grey tiger salamander? Figures its native to the US. Probably wild caught too.
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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    Quote Originally Posted by toothless View Post
    the guy at the mall talked my mom into buying it, she thought it was cute and they are calling them baby dinosaurs so people will buy them i guess. i think its wrong and sad, but im glad i ended up with him, because the petstore near the mall said most of them end up dieing because people dont know anything about them, he didnt even give a care sheet.
    That's quite depressing to read...this guy is a jerk.
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    Greek Tortoise, Shelldon
    Leopard Gecko, Maia.
    Ball Python, Reggin.
    Cockatiel, Charlie.

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    Re: Our New "baby Dinosaur" from the Mall:(

    today i switched him to mostly soil and a large soaking bowl, he can get in and out easy...i noticed him looking a bit dry and he wasnt moving, i put him in the water bowl and he got right out and went back to his cave...im worried he will dry out, can this happen? the water is there but i think he might be a bit stressed from the tank being rearranged. and also i read that they dont need any special lighting or heater, but i have a tank hood with lights on it just because it looks nice, they dont put off any heat and he has two dark hides, is this okay? thanks!

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