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Ensatina breeding?

This is a discussion on Ensatina breeding? within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Has anyone had any success breeding these guys (and girls)? And if so is it difficult?...

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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Has anyone had any success breeding these guys (and girls)? And if so is it difficult?



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Pretty sure Russ on here has bred at least one subspecies, but if I remember correctly it was difficult to have repeated success with them. I'm sure he'll chime in sooner or later.



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I tried, but only for one season. No luck. There is a caresheet with some breeding info here
Marc Staniszewski's Ensatina Care Sheet



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They are somewhat problematic. They are easy to cycle but the females are notorious for eating their eggs. Egg retention is also a problem. I even went as far as not checking their cover for months trying not to disturb them, to no avail. I think better work on egg chambers may be the answer, that and containers that are not moved during feeding and maintenance (static set-up). I truly beleive it's a stress issue with the females.



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It's possible!

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