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Patient Update: Western Tiger Salamander

Updated: Jan 19

These Western Tiger Salamanders came to the Calgary Wildlife team last year. Though found separately and at different times, they were both displaced from their original homes.

Upon intake, they both had mild dehydration, this presents in their skin which is usually quite moist and slimy. Both salamanders are waiting to be tested for Chytridiomycosis, an emerging infectious disease among amphibians caused by Chytrid Fungi. The disease has caused the decline or complete extinction of over 200 species of frogs and other amphibians.

Did You Know?

  • Tiger salamanders can live 12-15 years.

  • Females can lay up to 100 eggs.

  • Unlike other salamanders, tiger salamanders dig their own burrows.

  • Tiger salamanders have no teeth!

  • If needed, tiger salamanders can regenerate lost limbs.

  • This salamander species can be anywhere from 6-8 inches long, some even reaching 12 inches!

Western Tiger Salamanders are listed as special concern under the Federal Species at Risk Act. Remember, these little amphibians look like great pets but are still wild animals. Obtaining a Western Tiger Salamander is prohibited within Canada.

With a simple donation, you can help these Western Tiger Salamanders and many other patients receive the proper food, medication, and care they require.

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