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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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Old 5th October 2010   #1 (permalink)
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Damn...i lost one of my two P.glutinosus. I hadnīt seen one for two week or so, and since the last time i had seen it it had looked a bit thinner than usual, i decided to tear the tank apart to find it. A few rocks removed and i did find it....decomposing. By the looks of it it had died 2-3 days ago.
Nothing has changed in the tank for a long time and they have been doing very well even during the summer. Other than having lost some weight in the more recent weeks (which i had assumed was because since they rarely come out and i like to feed them with tweezers, it had missed a couple of feedings) it looked perfectly ok.
It was a LTC that was already adult when first imported (itīs had three or four owners i think), so i suposse it could have been old age. The colors were certainly very faded and dull when compared to my other P.glutinosus which is a young adult.
Anyway....now i only have one so there goes my chance at breeding them
I might give the remaining one away to someone who already has a group with an intention to breed them (since finding CB ones would be mighty difficult).



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Sorry to hear of your sad loss. What a shame




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Sorry for your lost ,
I acquired 3 adults P.Glutinosus 8 months ago , they have always eat and doing just fine but 3 months ago i lost one for apparently no reason , he/she was the best eater of the group, maybe for the old age or maybe for the hot summer we got here.




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I am very sorry to hear of your loss, I think all of us here know how hard it is, esp. if you were planning to breed them. I have three myself and they are wonderful animals. Mine are all males but I would like to collect a female or two to try and breed them. If I have any luck with them I will keep you in mind.
I would like to ask you a few questions if you don`t mind.

1. What was their setup like?
2.What was their diet?
3.Would the deceased animal accept prey from tweezers?
4. What was the temps. like?

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I have read a lot of your posts Azhael, and your passion for newt keeping is obvious. I am sorry to hear you lost a salamander.



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Josh, the set-up was 5-6cm of soil, a pile of fat rocks in a corner creating lots of hiding spaces, and the rest was covered with bark hidings and leaf litter with a couple of twigs laying around.
They ate crickets, earthworms, waxworms and isopods. The young adult will also accept bloodworms from time to time.
They both ate well from the tweezers, in fact the young one sometimes ignores food if itīs not offered with tweezers. The temps went from 8šC to 26šC, although in the deeper crevices of the rock pile, temps never got higher than 22-23šC (and only during the day).

Thank you all for the kind words, by the way.



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Your set-up and diet are perfect for them, I just don`t know what went wrong there.
You were/are doing everything right, maybe it was just his time to go.
Again I am very sorry for your loss, I just lost one of my Wehrles salamanders; it was very sadding because I had a pair and like you I was wanting to breed them. I found it had gone missing only the next day to find its desicated body in the corner of my herptile room.



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sorry bro. i know how it feels. best of luck with your remaining sal.



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aw shucks - godspeed little slimy....

he just might have been old. They gotta go sometime.



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