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Are my eastern newts trying to breed?

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North American Newts (Notophthalmus & Taricha) While not closely related, these two genera are the true newts of North America.

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I was feeding when I saw my smaller newt locked on to my larger newt, both mostly motionless. He had his legs on her (assuming) chest and tried eating while still attached. I broke them up out of fear she was being hurt. In hindsight I think it might have been amplexus. They're most likely wild caught, I got them in spring, they're settled and are both very fat. Maybe just wishful thinking but is it possible?



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that sounds like amplexus to me.
Do a google image search on "notophthalmus amplexus".



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oh yeah, this is definitely it. thank you



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