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Captive plethodontids in Britain

This is a discussion on Captive plethodontids in Britain within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Wow. Termites are illegal. Is it because they don't live there. That could lead to introducing a species....

Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) The largest, and one of the most diverse groups of salamanders, these salamanders have all evolved to breathe solely through their skin and are found almost exclusively in North America.


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Old 8th February 2007   #21 (permalink)
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Wow. Termites are illegal. Is it because they don't live there. That could lead to introducing a species.



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Old 9th February 2007   #22 (permalink)
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yeah, non native and potentially destructive. willl kee you all informed[snow has pushed delivery to wednesday



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Old 9th February 2007   #23 (permalink)
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Right, here is a photobucket link to a photograph of the enclosure I have set up.
[IMG]http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...6/DSC00668.jpg[/IMG]
(apologies admin for posting a link-i believe i was reprimanded for this before, but I notice many people are posting links-this is a big photograph whcih I dont think the caudata user will take)



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Old 9th February 2007   #24 (permalink)
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Hi sam, if you do see bolitoglossa, please don't be tempted to get some as they never survive long in captivity, and buying them will only make people get more from the wild.



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Old 9th February 2007   #25 (permalink)
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Ive heard they were a tricky one to keep... do none of our herptologically gifted friends from the continent manage to sustain them?



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Old 9th February 2007   #26 (permalink)
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I think that you exhibit is great! Nice Job!



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Old 10th February 2007   #27 (permalink)
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Thanks cameron! How does this compare with their habitat? I hear they are rather variable in where they make their home-even colonising urban areas...



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Old 10th February 2007   #28 (permalink)
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I found a southern redback under a log in the ground about two hours ago. I should get pics of my backyard for you. There are tons out here.

I think it is very similar though.



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Old 12th February 2007   #29 (permalink)
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Hi Sam, as far as i'm aware, none have been kept for very long periods of time. Some have been kept for a year or two in set-ups that near match their specific requirements, but still they never thrive.



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Right, thanks William- i will put these on the red list and avoid at all costs!

Do you think the tank is suitable William?



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Old 13th February 2007   #31 (permalink)
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I have a colony of around twenty-five and I feed them all. It's not always that easy to feed all of them during winter when I am short on termites.

I do know that there have been people able to successfully breed them but many are outside exhibits that are exposed to weather changes.



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Old 14th February 2007   #32 (permalink)
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well, they arrived today-gorgeous creatures! would post pictures, but they are too big for this site and decreasing size would decrease quality. There are some pics up on my website though.
How often should i feed the pleths? daily? Two small feeds a day?



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Old 14th February 2007   #33 (permalink)
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Hmmm... I guess every other day would do fine.

Good Luck!



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Old 15th February 2007   #34 (permalink)
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cool-thanks cameron. Heres a snap of one
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...6/DSC00878.jpg
More pictures on my website



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Old 15th February 2007   #35 (permalink)
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Looks marvelous. I checked mine yesterday and I think I may have a gravid female. I do have more males than females.

What is your website address. I can't access it.

Heres a sort of bad pic of one of my leadback forms: [IMG]http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r...m/DVC00409.jpg[/IMG]



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Old 15th February 2007   #36 (permalink)
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Hehe...They move pretty fast so I can't get pretty good pics of them.



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Old 16th February 2007   #37 (permalink)
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my website address should be on my profile, if not i shall PM it to you (not sure we are allowed to post external links)



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Old 16th February 2007   #38 (permalink)
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Hi Sam, sorry for not replying for a few days! the set up looks perfect for your pleths. Do you know what species it is?



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PLethodon cinereus i believe. They are doing well-i only ever see at the most two at one time, but theres plenty of food for them and they are looking healthy.



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Old 16th February 2007   #40 (permalink)
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They look real good. Thanx for the link to the site too. It also looks great!Click the image to open in full size.



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