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Ambystoma laterale and overfeeding/obesity risk

This is a discussion on Ambystoma laterale and overfeeding/obesity risk within the Mole Salamanders but not tigers or axolotls (Ambystomatids) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I collected a few blue-spots in the spring (in accordance with state laws). They've fed pretty voraciously, and they've grown ...

Mole Salamanders but not tigers or axolotls (Ambystomatids) These large-mouthed, burrowing salamanders are indigenous to Central and North America.

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I collected a few blue-spots in the spring (in accordance with state laws). They've fed pretty voraciously, and they've grown close to adult size.

I've read elsewhere that ambystomids may run a risk for overeating and becoming obese. Is this true of blue-spots?

Either way, of course, I'll keep close watch on how mine look and how much they eat.

But if they do run that risk of getting overweight, I'll pay extra close attention, and I won't ever feel like I'm depriving them of food if they look like they don't need another meal and I don't give it to them.

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When I was very young (5ish) I kept a wc one as a pet, for a while I fed wax worms which i would not suggest. Was very obese for a while. So yes I would say they would definitely eat themselves to obesity if allowed. Not hard to monitor though just look at how fat they are.



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Thanks!

I'm keeping an eye on them, and they seem to be doing okay.

Now that the temps have cooled here, they're not eating quite as often--once every 4-5 days or so. And they're keeping weight but not getting plump. I usually feed them earthworms, but sometimes I give them small mealworms.



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