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Housing northwestern salamanders?

This is a discussion on Housing northwestern salamanders? within the Mole Salamanders but not tigers or axolotls (Ambystomatids) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I have a couple of newly morphed northwestern salamanders and was wondering if there was a correct way to house ...

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 have a couple of newly morphed northwestern salamanders and was wondering if there was a correct way to house them. Anyone have pics?



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They can be kept identically to tiger salamanders (check out Caudata Culture for a care article for those). They are not very bold captives though, so you might have to put food into their terrarium and then leave them alone. I'm not sure you will see them that much during the day either.



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Ok they are little piglets when it comes to worms.



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Default Re: Housing northwestern salamanders?

They seem more shy than other Ambystoma. Gracile reminds me of maculatum but they don't seem to want to borrow as deep. They seem to prefer to borrow shallow and prefer hides right under the surface. I drop worms and crickets with them and they all seem to disappear overnight.

The setup is just like for any other Ambystoma. Dirt substrate and places to hide.
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That sounds like what I have. Good thing too. They were about 4 inches when they morphed. When will they be sexable. How big do they get.



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Adults range from 6-7 inches. Males might be obvious in a couple months if you have any.



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OMG Jaymes, they are so cute my heart is breaking!



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I wis you lived in OR otterwoman. You can't go for a walk here without seeing one.



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It's my fantasy to retire there. All my favorite salamanders are native to the west coast - all the tarichas & gracile. Plus the rain forest...the people...the hippie scene...



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How long did they take from egg to Morph. As described in literature?

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Default Re: Housing northwestern salamanders?

I live close to seattle in washington, and my friend has a rain collecton pond in a green belt behind her house. There are THOUSANDS!!! of the little buggers in their larval state ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 inches right now. I haven't seen any long toed salamander larve yet this year, but I know they use that pond for breeding too.



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I live California and I want to get one of these so bad but I don't think ill find one and this summer I will get to go to Oregon to hike the Rough River trail, If i were to find one how would I take it back to California



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