wikiHow to Feed a Salamander

Three Parts:Choosing the Right Food TypesKnowing How Much to FeedFeeding the Salamander

Tiger salamanders are fantastic animals and make great pets. But you have to be prepared and committed to caring for your salamander, including knowing how to feed it properly.

Part 1
Choosing the Right Food Types

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    Feed salamanders the food that they'd likely eat in nature. For example, crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and nightcrawlers are good food. This sort of food provides plenty of nutrition for your salamander.
    • If feeding them worms, be aware that there are many types of worms. Try experimenting with all types of insects/worms to know what best fits your salamander's diet.

Part 2
Knowing How Much to Feed

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    Feed your salamander the right amount and no more. If overfed, your salamander will become obese as the salamander doesn't have good self-regulation about the food that comes its way. If this happens, it can cause early death and/or illnesses.
    • Feed your salamander only two mealworms/waxworms/other worms every three days.
    • If using nightcrawlers, feed your salamander only one every three days.
    • For crickets, feed your salamander about 2 crickets every three days.

Part 3
Feeding the Salamander

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    Pick the food up with tweezers.
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    Hold the food in front of the animal.
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    Wiggle the food to entice the salamander into eating, especially if it doesn't seem interested.
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    Clear away uneaten food or food remnants within half an hour of feeding the salamander. This will reduce the risk of a build-up of germs that might harm your salamander.


  • Feed your salamander healthy food, to ensure that it is getting the nutrients it needs.
  • Care for the food you will feed to your salamander. Keep it cool and dry as required.
  • Give your salamander has a dark and private place to eat. This helps the salamander to feel more comfortable.
  • Don't let your salamander's food freeze.


  • Never overfeed your salamander. If you over feed your salamander, you will cause it to become obese and it may die or become ill.

Things You'll Need

  • A container to keep your food for your new pet salamander
  • A good pair of tweezers (the longer the better)
  • Crickets/mealworms/waxworms/nightcrawlers

Article Info

Categories: Newts and Salamanders