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March 27, 2007

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O'ryan, the Pet of the Day
Name: O'ryan
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Barred tiger salamander
Home: Vermont, USA
   O'ryan is the first amphibian/reptile creature that I bought. I had animals like fish before and I had a dog, but when I saw him I thought he was so adorable and I had to have him. Out of the several reptiles/ amphibians I have now...he remains my favorite. I was impressed with the amount of personality he has. He loves to swim, climb his coconut, sit on my stomach when i'm laying down, and eat. I'm convinced that If I let him eat until he was full he'd explode before he reached satisfaction. Being such a big eater he tried to bite everything that comes close to him. But that's ok, he has no teeth. Sometimes he bites my finger, his tongue is really sticky.

    Barred tiger salamanders are the official state amphibian of Kansas. From what I have been told, naturally they would live along the banks of rivers, streams and in the damp darkness of prairie dog holes. He has no ears or vocal cords but is sensitive to vibrations from the ground and the air. Barred tiger salamanders can live to be over 20 years old and I know that he will make those 20 years joyful.

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