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Cliygh and Mia 6th May 2015 01:11

Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
I am currently in California, and my dad promised to take me to where he found these guys as a kid, so I am just wondering (before I get one) if anybody keeps these in the hobby. Due to their small size fruit flies would be good I think? And they like to burrow I believe, so does anybody keep/care for these guys?

AdvythAF 6th May 2015 03:41

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
I don't keep Batrachoseps, but I do find them frequently on herping trips. They are extremely common even months after it rains. You can usually find them in oak forests or redwood forests. Sometimes even in urban areas. It seems like they do like to burrow, because when uncovered they dig into the ground like worms. These are just my observations from the field, but someone who keeps this species might be able to provide more help.

I did learn a lot about them from this care sheet:
Marc Staniszewski's Slender Salamander Care Sheet

Cliygh and Mia 6th May 2015 14:15

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
Thanks!

sde 6th May 2015 18:42

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
Xavier, the possession limit for this species is 4 per person. You can collect for free ( because of your age ), but if you want more than 4 than you could have your dad buy a sport fishing license, and then he could also collect 4.

Cliygh and Mia 6th May 2015 19:51

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
The most I would want is 2 just because I don't think I could handle 4 all in one tank ;)

Cliygh and Mia 6th May 2015 20:59

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
Also I think I know why I like this species. Has kind of a Bolitoglossa look going on, except smaller and easier to find natively

Cliygh and Mia 6th May 2015 23:30

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
Oh, and BTW, the place he found them at is lily pond, anybody go there? (Not going to tell where lily pond is because I want it to be peaceful and not disturbed by anything or anyone)

Viridescens 8th May 2015 12:56

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
I haven't kept slender salamanders, but I have kept wild-caught red backs, and Northern two lined salamanders for a little bit( a little bit meaning catch and release ). If i found a slender salamander, I might keep it the same exact way. Keep a medium substrate, with some dead leaves, a shallow water dish, and some ferns. That's pretty much how I've kept the earlier species. Good luck!

mcraneck 29th May 2015 22:28

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
i dont know buddy, i have some bolitoglossa platydactyla they are very easy to care i breed them a lot of times!

ChristineB 30th May 2015 10:11

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
There are surely dozens of "Lily Ponds" in CA, we're as big as France. :-) Glad you found an undisturbed spot, though, especially with all our drought issues.

esherman 30th May 2015 13:17

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
I used to have 2 :) they're very cool..

Cliygh and Mia 30th May 2015 22:26

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ChristineB (Post 447209)
There are surely dozens of "Lily Ponds" in CA, we're as big as France. :-) Glad you found an undisturbed spot, though, especially with all our drought issues.

Well clawed frogs were found in Lily Pond, do they started to drain it, but I found them in an area with a huge log next to the pond, and that's where I found them. I am no longer in California though. :( Wish I was there longer

gregory741 31st May 2015 12:27

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sde (Post 445416)
Xavier, the possession limit for this species is 4 per person. You can collect for free ( because of your age ), but if you want more than 4 than you could have your dad buy a sport fishing license, and then he could also collect 4.

if you wanted more then 4:
you could breed them and then after they lay eggs you could buy I license then you could keep as many captive bred one's as you want (well that's at lest how it works in Ohio I don't know about Georgia)

Cliygh and Mia 31st May 2015 17:36

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
There is only one still alive: Draco

DavidHarr 7th December 2015 00:58

Re: Does anyone keep slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)
 
I have some experience keeping Batrachoseps. For the most part they like moist woody duff usually from redwood, douglas fir or other conifers and lots of moist moss to hide in. You don't want to have standing water at the bottom of their tank, just saturate the moss and duff so it stays damp and humid. I usually put them outside on cool, rainy nights for short periods to keep them moist. They also like pieces of decaying wood and/or bark, preferably redwood for B. attenuatus and douglas fir for B. wrighti. They like it cool and humid, between 40-65 F is about right.


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