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HELP! (Salamander)

Discussion in 'Salamanders & Newts' started by AjaMichelle, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member


    I have a friend with a tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) who has developed a wound on his head. He says it looks like a small scratch/bump. The friend has had this tiger for 15 years and recently went out of town and left him with a herp sitter. I don't believe the sitter was misting his enclosure or refilling his water. The friend was out of town for several weeks.

    He's currently in a 10 gallon quarantine aquarium with a screen top with coconut fiber substrate. He has a water dish cleaned regularly and filled with tap water. He's not using a water conditioner. The tank is room temperature so 75 to 78*F.

    The friend mentioned that his salamander is blowing bubbles of mucus.

    Here's a photo. It's the bump near his eye.


    He's acting normally and eating and pooping.


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  2. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Neosporin and let him heal.
  3. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    Thanks Liz!!! You're the best. I was hoping you'd be around. :)
  4. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Just remember, the kind with NO pain reliever.
  5. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    I made sure to emphasize that. ;)
  6. Wyldrose

    Wyldrose Elite Member

    Poor guy! Also paper towels as bedding until it's healed will help keep it clean.
  7. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    I suggested it but he's going to use the coco fiber. I think he'll switch if he can't keep the wound clean.
  8. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    Is that a puncture and a swelling? I'd be currious if it changes over time, ooze, ulserate (sp) ya I can't spell to save my life :p
  9. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Wow, 15 years! Sending healing thoughts his way
  10. tortoiseman

    tortoiseman Member

    do you leave food in the tank? i have had crickets bite my tree frogs, basilisks, and other lizards. make sure you only put in enough food for him to eat.
  11. Evozakira

    Evozakira Elite Member

    I hand feed my tiger.
  12. Pharoahound

    Pharoahound Elite Member

    I hand feed mine too and now they follow me back and fourth when im in the room and bite my fingers lol.
  13. rhacadank

    rhacadank New Member

    I would recommend bottled or filtered drinking water too
  14. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    Why? Bottled water isn't regulated like municipal sources and often contains compounds like bisphenol-A. It's also bad for the environment.
  15. Anolis

    Anolis New Member

    You might want to do research on applying antibiotics to the skin of any amphibian. There are many species of bacteria associated with wet environments that neomycin might not be effective (e.g. Pseudomonas, Aeromonas, Vibrio (Camphobacter), etc.)
  16. Anolis

    Anolis New Member

    15 years? I didn't know that salamanders live that long in captivity.

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