Did you know that that there are about 500 salamander species found here on earth? There are several salamanders to choose from, unfortunately, not all of them can be taken and kept as pets at home.
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Some of them are near extinction; hence they are protected by laws in chosen areas. Below are some of the common species that can be kept as pets. Each species often correspond to a particular area where they can be mostly located. For instance, an Eastern Mud salamander can be seen mostly on muddy areas in the East Coast while they can never be seen on the West Coast.
Ambystoma Tigrinum or commonly called the tiger salamander may grow as much as 1 foot or longer. They are mostly characterized by yellow spots all over the body together with some stripes. They are commonly seen in some areas of Mexico. They are located on lowland and mountainous areas and they love to dwell on rocks and boulders than in water.
Ambystoma cingulatum or commonly called Flatwoods salamander is somewhat smaller compared to the Tiger salamanders. They regularly grow an average length of about 1/3. They are commonly seen in southwestern of the United States. They want to lodge in pine forests and lay their eggs that mature in a matter of 3-5 weeks.
Ambystoma gracile or commonly called the Northwestern salamander usually measures about the length between the Tiger salamander and the Flatwoods salamander. Northwestern salamander usually measures an average of ½ foot long. Their name reflects the location where they are mostly found in the United States. However, they can also be located in some parts of Canada, and in British Columbia. They love to dwell in moist damp places, unlike the Tiger salamander who prefer to stay in rocks.
Ambystoma jeffersonianum or commonly called as Jefferson salamander has the same length as Northwestern salamander that reaches a half-foot long. It resembles the Northwestern salamander since they live in the northwestern part of the United States and Canada where they also love to stay in the water, as well as in the forest. It takes time to develop their eggs. Usually, it reaches about half a year before it fully develops.
Ambystoma macrodactyly or commonly named as the Long-toed salamander lives mostly in the Northwestern part of the US while it lodges mostly in green places. They develop their eggs for about six months and the eggs usually mature from a half to whole year.
Some species do have intense color pigmentations. Most of the time, males have brighter color markings. Red salamanders have a distinct very bright red color in their bodies while the round black spots salamanders have translucent or white colors in their skin. They are mostly found in caves and burrows.
Knowing the different species of salamanders will give you the advantage to provide them the particular care they need at home. Keep in mind that each salamander species has various needs when it comes to their habitat and diet. But, all of them require equal care from their owner.