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Successful breeding of Ambystoma opacum.

This is a discussion on Successful breeding of Ambystoma opacum. within the Mole Salamanders but not tigers or axolotls (Ambystomatids) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Hi there! I congratulate you to a very good solution to breeding this species. I am really happy to see ...

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

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Old 10th November 2009   #21 (permalink)
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Hi there!

I congratulate you to a very good solution to breeding this species. I am really happy to see the pictures!

How did the process go, with raising the hatchlings etc., after they had laid the eggs? I know that this species are quite protective.

I am looking forward to hear more about this very interesting subject. Congratulations!!!

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I wonder if the mud from the vernal pool had anything to trigger the breeding?
What ever it was, it is a great achievment and makes me want to work harder to breed mine!
Good luck with raising the larva, I am sure you will not have any problems.



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Congrats! I've heard of this whole low bowl and the simulation of seasons from previous breeding efforts, but I am extremely giddy to see one person being successful in Opacum breeding. Good luck on the eggs and larvae!



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How are the eggs have they hatched yet?



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How are the eggs have they hatched yet?
A couple hatched prematurely due to an error on my part (too much moisture in the container). I've given the majority of them away already so maybe a few of those members will post an update when they hatch them.



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I'll be hatching some out after Thanksgiving, I'll keep you all posted on their progress in my usual rambling fashion. (That gives my daphnia cultures a bit more time to stabilize)



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Just hatched out a batch of eggs from Justin successfully. I'll start a new thread with pictures and video of these little guys similar to the C. e. popei thread I have later this week.

Twenty minutes between adding water to having free swimming larvae!



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You Rock! Thats all I can say! Could we get an update please. Thanks, Chad



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I have had the luck to be intrusted by Justin to raise some of his cb.opacum larva! I've raised many over last 30+ years, but none have came even close to the size (3") at morphing! They were raised like I raise all my newts and sals. larva in a 10gal.pond tank, that was started back in October! They were not pampered, only the strong survive! Out of the dozen that Justin sent I still have all 12, Hopefully the morphing goes a smooth! Great job, Justin Keep it up!!!



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Here is what they look like today. As you can see they aren't too close to morphing nor are they coloring up any.
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They look great, keep up the good work Justin!



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Wow, awesome... I am a big fan of A. opacum but I am somewhat ashamed to admit that, back when I was less experienced in how to keep salamanders properly, I actually thought that they were, um, difficult to care for. Now that I know more about providing moist but well-drained substrates, easily-exit shallow water bowls, hide spots and cool temps, the problem is the opposite -- I have to be careful that my salamanders don't eat too much and become obese! I never really dreamed, however, that they could be bred in captivity, especially indoors. Nice work!

P.S. Can you give me some tips on how to upload and attach pictures????



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P.S. Can you give me some tips on how to upload and attach pictures????
Here is a guide on how to post pictures.



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How are the opacum doing?



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Well, Justin you have the pics.



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Here they are at about 2 months post morph.
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They morphed out at a little over half the size of an adult! In this picture you can see an adult female in the background.
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What a treat for the eyes, Justin!



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Very nice Justin - well done.



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hey justin. I have only one morphed salamander and i am have trouble feeding the sal. I am offering the sal tiny crickets,tiny rollypollys and some small ants, do you have any suggestions?



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