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Old 29th June 2004   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking through some of my mudpuppies pictures, and Mike suggested that I should post one of the few that turned out half decent, so here it is. This is probably the male we released this spring, that the neighbor caught and saved for me. It might be a picture of the female I kept and still have, before she was placed in her tank. Anyhow, here it is:


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Old 29th June 2004   #2 (permalink)
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wow-those are some impressive bushy red gills! i wish the ones i had gotten(which all died) from carolina biological had looked that good. is that a baby?-how big is it?



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Old 29th June 2004   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like Bozo the clown!



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Old 29th June 2004   #4 (permalink)
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you sure you werent rooting for the pic cause it shows a mud puppy in a beer glass mike?



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Old 29th June 2004   #5 (permalink)
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That's an ice cream cup. But glad to see I'm not the only one that thinks about beer! Nice mac too.

RUSS



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Old 29th June 2004   #6 (permalink)
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that mud puppy look awesome. it took a long time for mine to look half as nice as that one (thankyou very much carolina biologicals) How is it that you guys sex them mike? as far as iknow the males tend to get bumps around their cloacas during the breeding season



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Old 29th June 2004   #7 (permalink)
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She's about 10 inches long (estimate). The pail has an 8 inch diameter. I confirmed that that is Walkies, the female I kept, based on the photo date and chat logs. I think that they can be sexed like axolotls and ambystomids, etc, by the cloaca size. Tail size also plays a role, but I don't remember if the male was larger than the female. In any event, the cloaca was much smaller than the (assumed) male we caught two weeks later.

Funny you should mention the gills, Paris. While they shrunk a small degree from better airation over the first month or two, last night I had a bit of a scare. She'd been hiding in her favorite rock hole place for the last few days and I hadn't seen her, and when she came out, her gills seemed tiny. I panicked, tried to see what was wrong, and a possible cue as to what was going on. Ideas ran through my head from disease to parasites to her somehow metamorphing from iodine somehow in the water (however unlikely). I decided to go try a partial water change, but when I got down there, she fanned her gills and they were as big as ever. I guess she just had them tucked in, like they bring them close when fanning their gills. It could be a way they protect them from damage, if anyone knows for sure, please let me know.

I just tried to feed her, but the minnow got out of my hands and scared her, and my recovery attempts scared her out from the rock, and the same thing happened. At least now I know that it's normal, though it hadn't happened before. She appears to be healthy, though I imagine she could really use a couple minnows after all the worms I'd been stuck with feeding her lately.

I'm glad you guys like the photo, if I ever clean the tank out and have to remove her, or someone catches another fishing, etc, I'll be sure to try and get some better ones (as opposed to the blurry ones I get from her tank.)

(Message edited by onetwentysix on June 30, 2004)



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Old 30th June 2004   #8 (permalink)
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mine does that too, i think they jsut tuck them away when they hide so as to not attract predators in the wild



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