The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store


Salamander hasn't been eating the last few weeks, is it the weather?

This is a discussion on Salamander hasn't been eating the last few weeks, is it the weather? within the Newt and Salamander Help forums, part of the Beginner Newt, Salamander, Axolotl & Help Topics category; Hi everyone, I rescued a long toed salamander larvae from my drying up pond back in july, it's now a ...

Newt and Salamander Help Got a problem? Ill newt? Basic questions? Ask about them here.

Reply

 

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 28th October 2016   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 2
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Irorak is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Salamander hasn't been eating the last few weeks, is it the weather?

Hi everyone, I rescued a long toed salamander larvae from my drying up pond back in july, it's now a grown adult but I've noticed it hasn't been eating much at all recently. The past 3 or 4 weeks it will usually move away from the food I offer it with tweezers. I've tried soft steamed meal worms, live red wiggler peices, and regular earthworm pieces from my back yard.

It used to happily eat earthworms and meal worms, but now it won't touch anything. A few weeks ago I noticed some white mites (wood mites I think they're called) in the dirt of his terrarium and replaced the soil, I also placed him in a larger terrarium. The stress of this may be his issue but I'm not sure. I live in Seattle and constantly have my window open, so the tank is pretty cool. Do you think it's just slowing down because of the weather or is it sick/stressed? Thanks for any help!



Irorak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th October 2016   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Blackbun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Nationality:
Posts: 280
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Blackbun has given consistently excellent advice and informationBlackbun has given consistently excellent advice and informationBlackbun has given consistently excellent advice and informationBlackbun has given consistently excellent advice and information
Default Re: Salamander hasn't been eating the last few weeks, is it the weather?

If your window is open and there's no back ground heating, maybe the subtle changes in temperature and daylight has begun to influence the little chap's natural behaviour and he's getting ready to do what long toed salamanders do in winter.
What are wood mites? are they parasitic or are the mircrovores? A complete soil change and a new tank is pretty dramatic plus having to put up with tweezers of different food offerings. If the little chap is healthy and well fed, give him a break. Four weeks of no feeding isn't a major concern if it's carrying condition and reduced activity.



Blackbun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st October 2016   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 2
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Irorak is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Salamander hasn't been eating the last few weeks, is it the weather?

That could be it. I'm not exactly sure what they're called - I've seen them called "wood mites" and "soil mites". Here is a picture of them: DSC01701.jpg Photo by jk_mm | Photobucket

They definitely aren't springtails, but they seemed to be mostly interested in any old food bits, leaves, and poo - but I did find a few on the salamander. They seemed to be making it itchy, because it was twitching it's back legs a bit.

They definitely came in this new soil I got, didn't realize that would be a problem :-/

Anyway, after I noticed them on my salamander I washed him off in dechlorinated water and put him in some new substrate that is pretty much sterile (I microwaved the same soil for 20 minutes and it seemed to do the job - I noticed 1 or 2 little bugs but nothing crazy).

Good news though, yesterday I saw him biting at an old worm piece - so I took that one out and put in a fresh meal worm, later that day I found he had eaten most of it! He seems to be a little more active now, maybe he just wasn't hungry!

Thanks for the help

Edit: To clarify, I microwaved new soil from the bag - not the exact same stuff. I'm not sure if that made a difference but microwaving it definitely got rid of the vast majority of them.



Irorak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eating, sick, weather

LinkBack
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Illness/Sickness: Axolotl hasn't been eating for 2 weeks sebguy Sick Axolotl? 32 27th October 2014 04:27
Illness/Sickness: Marbled Salamander hasn't eaten in two weeks! pehudson12 Newt and Salamander Help 2 25th September 2012 02:23
Marbled salamander hasn't eaten for weeks cweis16 Introductions Area 2 24th May 2012 16:28
Axolotl - hasn't eaten for 3 weeks! Palmz Sick Axolotl? 2 19th February 2012 12:48
hasn't eaten for two weeks! Arwen Sick Axolotl? 7 12th December 2007 23:26


All times are GMT. The time now is 21:40.