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Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera)

This is a discussion on Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I have had a Southern Two-lined Salamander ( Eurycea cirrigera ) for about a year now. From what I understand ...

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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I have had a Southern Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) for about a year now. From what I understand I have a female wc and at first new nothing about this salamander.

So far I have observed that it enjoys being close to moving water. They are real good swimmers and pose almost no risk for drowning. Or at least this one doesnt seem to mind water. Granted it really only goes into the water to hunt and to mate I understand.

They are mainly terestrial, nocturnal, they climb really well, and will only eat live food. (small prey crickets, isopods, blackworms) They only swim occassional, and when they do they can catch your smaller tropical fish (non-agressive type) and will eat snails and any baby fish.

Normaly behavior I would say consists of hiding durring the day and hunting at night. This one loves to get into the places in the tank that are hard to get to. They are fast and will hide as soon as the light comes on.

If anyone has experience or know any further info on this species let me know please.




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Hey, I've looked into this species and will say these are some marvelous observations. If you want further info you might be able to find a care sheet on caudata culture.



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Thanks for pointing me in that dirrection it was some what helpful. The first time I looked there I must have typed something wrong because it didnt pull anything up. Happens often, get in a hurry and type something wrong or not type part of a thought.

I knew most of what is published there from other sources and personaly observation. I hope that the info on breeding was somewhat accurate.

I would really like to breed these how ever I still must find a male from this area prefferablly. I would really like to find one before winter sets in so I can get it used to captivity and attempt to cycle it with the female for next years breeding season.

Does anyone know what size tank would be ideal for breeding these?



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I am trying to get a pic of her but she is really shy so it might take a while. I dont harrass my animals by touching them unless it is unavoidable. Got to leave the camera by the tank cause a soon as she sees you shes gone.



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here she is
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What is that other newt in the background?

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Looks like a terrestrial Hypselotriton orientalis.
How long have you had the newt? It really should be fully aquatic...your enclosure may be inapropriate for this species. You should really reconsider and separate the two species. Its never a good idea to mix, specially WC animals from such different origins.



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From what I've obseved in Southern Ohio and Southwest Virginia, I'd say you're right about S2L(two-lined)s not liking the water. In S. Ohio, I noticed that they were much less common in streams in springheads than Northern Two-Lineds, and seemed content to dwell on gorge sides under rocks on land. In Southern Virginia, the only one I saw in the Mount Rogers Natl' rec area was 2 or 3 meters from the stream crawling about in a thicket. That one could have also been a Blue Ridge 2L. However, in parts of S. Ohio where snakes were present, they clustered up around springhouses.



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I have also found two lines (E. wilderae) over 100m from the nearest flowing water and well up hillsides. Then again, I also find adults at the bottom of streams. I guess they love it all. To breed, I think a set up with nice water and a lot of moist cover on land would be best. Not sure how the temp cycles are with them, but it could never hurt. I can find them year round in streams here. Good luck!



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In my experience it depends on the salamander. The ones I find on land prefer to remain terrestrial while the ones found in water prefer to remain aquatic. I have noticed that the aquatic ones tend to be larger than the terrestrial ones.



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