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This is a discussion on P.glutinosus housing within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Im getting a trio of this species next week and though i think i understand the kind of habitat they ...

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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Im getting a trio of this species next week and though i think i understand the kind of habitat they need i would apreciate if anyone with experience can tell me if its ok, or if im wrong.
The substrate would be cocofiber or soil (which ones best?), about 7/10 cm deep. Then a layer of beech leaves and on top of that, patches of live moss. Also there would be a higher part made with slate stones piled up, and some rotting wood.
Would it be wise to use a "false bottom" to drain the excess water??
I was thinking about adding a local fern, Adiantum capillus-veneris, which is extremely beautiful...would it be ok????



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I've never kept P. glutinosus, but if they're anything like my P. cinereus they'll find their way into the false bottom and you'll rarely see them. Everything else you suggest sounds spot on and similar to my red-back tank, with which I've had no problems.

For drainage I use a layer of pebbles under the substrate of soil and beech leaf litter seperated with a weed screen fabric. The pebbles are exposed for about 3 cms at the front so I can see any accumulation of water which needs draining off. I change part of the leaf litter and soil every few weeks.



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I used soil for my P. glutinosus terrerium but cocofiber is ok too in my opinion. I also used native ferns in my setup too and a layer of moss. Most of the time they are under the soil and I never see them except at night.

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