Colorado Names Salamander As Official State Amphibian

Colorado Names Salamander As Official State Amphibian

It’s one small step for man and one giant leap for amphibians. (I had to do that joke, it was begging for it.) The state of Colorado now has an official state amphibian and it’s the Western Tiger Salamander.

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed the legislation after the petitioning of several middle school students. The Western Tiger Salamander can be found in every county in the state and it was only natural for it to make its way to a celebrity.

The salamander is one of the largest of its species in the United States growing to about 9-12 inches and is often found near ponds, streams, marshes and underground burrow during the rainy season and in prairies, forests and fields during the rest of the year.

It’s a beautiful animals with varying color patterns, but odds are you won’t see them much. They tend to be secretive animals preferring to hide and only come out in quick trips for food. They are also an incredibly long lived species with a lifespan of about 12-15 years.

This lifespan make them a great pet for children and are popular pets at pet stores. If you do have them as a pet, you’re going to want to stock up on insects, grubs, etc. They have voracious appetites and need to be feed every 2-3 days.

It’s a big step becoming an official state animal. It helps guarantee that the species will be looked after and hopefully thrive during a time when amphibians are on the decline.