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This is a discussion on Sluggish slimys...... within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; My two slimy sals have become somewhat sluggish lately. I don't they are eating well either. I'm sure alot of ...

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 19th May 2001   #1 (permalink)
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My two slimy sals have become somewhat sluggish lately. I don't they are eating well either. I'm sure alot of this has to do with the weather. I mean they were really shy before, and very picky eaters,but they seem more so now. I had them in a shoebox with soil from my backyard and moss, but I have moved into a 25 gallon tall planted aquarium in the hopes that better ventilation and more natural like surrounds will make them more comfortable. They don't seem sick or necessarily unhealthy, but I can definitely tell they have lost weight. Any thoughts?



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What are the temps Ed? Around here slimys go underground from May on and the ground temp is 58F. I've kept some slimys before long-term. They seem to really need variety in their food. One week they'll eat crickets, the next week they wont, etc. Well, hopefully they perk up for you.



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Like I said, pretty high. 78 and up. Reached about 85 for a couple hours in the house yesterday before we go it cooled down.



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Yeah, that definitely explains it. Plethodons are very heat-sensitive and most of the ones I've kept will start to act very lethargic and stop eating at 75F+. I don't think they can take those kind of temps for very long.



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My Aneides, by contrast seem to be fine. Eating well and behaving normally. But, they are probably more used to this dryer heat than what you have back east. I remember a trip back east about 8 years back to Oklahoma in the summer.
It was cooler today. The slimys perked up a little, so we will see.
Can't run the AC too much because the rates here in California have effectively tripled. May have to come up with another solution.



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Yeah, if that (tripled energy costs) were to happen here I don't know what I'd do. No basement to fall back on either...



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