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What's in my sal's belly? (P. Cinereus)

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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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Hi,

A few weeks ago I noticed that one of my P. cinereus seems to have developed something white-coloured under his/her skin on the abdomen. I was able to get a picture of the sal's belly last night and was wondering if anyone can offer any suggestions?

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Most likely eggs. Plethodontids are known for developing eggs but never laying them, so best of lucks, i hope yours do!!



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Neat! I had hoped they were eggs!

Is there anything I can do to encourage laying?



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Just provide excellent conditions and hope for the best.
There are a few threads about plethodontids which end up not laying the eggs. You might want to do a search for them and see if there´s something to learn from them. I can´t really help you...i only have two plethodontids and i´m not even sure of the sex...¬¬



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Default Re: What's in my sal's belly? (P. Cinereus)

Actually, P. cinereus do breed in captivity with not too much difficulty. In case you haven't read this:
Caudata Culture Species Entry - Plethodon cinereus & serratus
As Azhael says, all you can do is aim for excellent conditions - plenty of space, hiding places, and ample feeding.



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For all the people who keep them, i don´t think it can be said that they are bred frequently. Still, for a plethodontid, they are the easy ones.



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Default Re: What's in my sal's belly? (P. Cinereus)

Over the last week in particular I noticed that the female was putting on a lot of weight in general. As of 2 days ago she has stopped emerging from her burrow at night to feed, and the male - who routinely spend days in the burrow with her in the past - is now spending his days in a different hiding spot. I'm hoping this means that the female has decided to lay the eggs, although I'm also a bit paranoid that something might have happened to her. I'm afraid to check in on her because her burrow is hard to access and I don't want to disturb her if she has laid the eggs. Is this the best course of action? Is this behaviour consistent with egg-laying behaviour?



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