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Default Spotted dusky (D. conanti) eggs

Hello all!

A side project during my PhD research involves courtship and dusky salamanders. Last summer I was fortunate enough to have courtship trials result in 2 clutches of eggs, one of which was eaten by the mom. This summer I've had 2 more clutches, the first eaten by mom, and the second (pictured below) found just a few days ago. Hopefully my other still-gravid females will oviposit soon! And hopefully this new mom wont turn on her clutch (fingers crossed)!

I can count 15 eggs, but the clutch is a grape-like cluster, so there are more in there. Females this summer have been kept in a room that has varied between 70 and 76 degrees F. Each is kept individually in a lidded, shoe box size tupperware with a shallow, sand substrate, some loose sphagnum moss, and one or two pieces of cover (either bark or a flat rock). They are fed small crickets at least once per week, with occasional dusting.
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