Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eastern Tiger Salamander


I was recently informed that this was not the species of salamander I thought. I was told that this is an Eastern Tiger Salamander. 

Found this little guy wandering around one of my buildings at work without a security pass. At first I thought it was just a little pile of dust. When I crouched down by it, to my surprise, it started to move. A salamander-HA! I scooped him up in a container that I got from the cafeteria, and he became my office pet for part of the day.

I scooped him up in a container I got from the cafeteria, and it became my office pet for the day. I put a small amount of water with him inside of the container, and poked a bunch of holes in the top for air. I was also able to get all of the dust, and lint that it collected off.

Google helped me ID the type of salamander this little guy was - a Slimy Salamander. Apparently, they are very common, and a few of my coworkers were all telling me stories of how they all used to find them, and now their kids find them. This was a first for me.

After some research on the habitat, I released the little guy back outside of the door where I think he snuck in from. Hopefully, he was able to find his way back to Momma or where ever it lives.

Saw a Cardinal right after I released the salamander.


  1. Cute little guy. Probably helps with the bugs around the office.

  2. he's adorable! stay safe, little one!

  3. Cool find! Glad ya helped him, he might be as old ad you... Some salamanders have quite the lifespan

  4. Looks like a great candidate for a Texas Rig!