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Basic Ensatina eschscholtzii Care Sheet

This is a discussion on Basic Ensatina eschscholtzii Care Sheet within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; Feeding Ensatinas can eat a variety of insects. Ensatinas will eat appropriately sized crickets as well as other small insects. ...

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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Feeding
Ensatinas can eat a variety of insects. Ensatinas will eat appropriately sized crickets as well as other small insects. Never feed a ensatina anything that is to large for consumption. Juvenile ensatinas will chow on flightless fruitflys (preferably D.hydei) and pinhead crickets. Try to dust the crickets every other feeding with calcium powder. Crickets should be gut-fed and healthy before feeding them to a ensatina. Feed 2 times a week.

Housing
Ensatinas can be kept in cheap, convenient plastic boxes. Make sure you provide enough space for your ensatina to live in. Ensatinas should not be "packed together" in a cage. A simple cage can consist of a cork bark piece, and some terrarium moss. You can use the terrarium moss as substrate, and the cork bark as a hide.

Breeding
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Marc Staniszewski's Ensatina Care Sheet

Maintenance
Change the moss every 3 months. Mist every day. Remove dead crickets. Do not over mist! Keep at a cool temperature at all times. Ensatinas will perish above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Handling
Never handle ensatinas. Oils in our skins will irritate amphibians of all kinds.

I hope this helps!

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