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"rare breedings" reported by zoo's. Are they so rare?

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Old 27th January 2009   #1 (permalink)
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someone on another forum has just noticed her slimy salamander has laid eggs. now she's all excited because she's found a link about a zoo saying how rare it is for these to breed in captivity (Links http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll...WS38/710220337 and http://www.toledozoo.org/discover/pr...%20hatches.pdf) Now I'm sure i've seen thes on sale CB in the UK (where alot of american species are pretty hard to get your hands on) and I'm wondering are salamander breedings so rare in captivity. I could understand if it was a tiger salamander or some other well know hard to breed species, but I'm wondering if zoo's are just blowing there own horns with things like this.



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It’s rare enough to warrant a good hard toot of the horn (maybe even rarer than tiger breeding).

Be wary of anyone selling slimy salamanders as cb. I’m sure they do get bred occasionally but they’re also one of the UK’s most popular wc plethodontid import. I can’t say I’ve seen cb available in recent times - if ever.

Tim from Toledo Zoo was kind enough to share his breeding experience with us here: Plethodon glutinosus eggs



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I would say it's fairly rare, and I would also say that zoos like to toot their horns.

I think the Desmognathus welteri is certainly rarer, but for some reason didn't get the same level of tooting...

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