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Old 12th October 2015   #21 (permalink)
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Earlier today, I tried feeding them terrestrial this time for the female, and none of them ate. Dumped the nightcrawler bits, and lost my worm cutting knife, so I just put the 2-3 inch worm in, and male focused in on it, and attacked it. Went in, bit, tore off a chunk, retreatd, and repeated. Also, female didn't eat this time, should I be worried?



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No I wouldent worry she could still be abit stressed about the move and new environment and you said you were pretty sure she ate a few days ago


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Why are you taking them out of their setup to feed? That doesn't usually yield good results. I would suggest feeding them in their enclosure, it minimizes stress. That may be why the female didn't eat.
Have you added woodlice to their enclosure yet?
Also, the male's skin looks as if it is becoming more adept to being aquatic, is he spending most his time in the water bowl?



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He is, and I move them out so I can monitor them. I have two real hides, but they love to stay underneath the moss. Male loves the water, female is still terrestrial.



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In my opinion you would be better off leaving them in their own enclosure and have a feeding dish of some sort. And adding woodlice will help as well
Adding bark and stacking it would be a good idea, that way there is a humidity gradient allowing them to choose what is most comfortable.

If you have a spare tank i would recommend setting up an aquatic tank and get it started on cycling for when they go aquatic. Make sure it has plenty of land areas, though, like a turtle dock and cork floats. They need to have the option to exit the water ( especially the females ).



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Okay, putting that stuff on the list. Been really busy these past weeks and It'll be even more busy later this week



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Mini crisis averted: Okay, I was going to feed my newts chopped nightcrawlers, and I lifted the moss where they typically hide, and only found the male. Fed him a nightcrawler bit, and went t find the female. Didn't. Searched high and low, inside and outside, looked in the soil incase somehow she burrowed, and when I couldn't find any signs of her, I had a mini heart attack, and searched the entire shed for any signs. Went back to one of the hides she never uses, and what do I see when I lift it? A orange and brown tail, and I found her! Needless to say, we all have had this moment.



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