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Old 16th June 2006   #1 (permalink)
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(easy one first) I was first wondering what the name of the animal in Jeff Fenn's avatar thingy by his name

Next question is I have recently purchased a National Audubon Society field guide to reptiles and amphibians and saw the picture of the green salamander (Aneides aeneuts) and fell in love with it. So I have some questions about it like were I can purchase it and if it is legal to keep.

If any one has the info please answer, thanks



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Old 16th June 2006   #2 (permalink)
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The species in my avatar is the marbled newt, triturus marmoratus.

As per your second question, as far as I know A. aeneus is listed as a near threatened species. I know they've been very close to being put on the protected list. I've never seen them for sale, so It'd be difficult to get your hands on them. Even if you could get them I doubt they'd make a good captive animal. They are rock climbing specialists, and would require an incredibly elaborate set-up to emulate their natural environment.

They are an awesome species, though. I'd put them in my pipe dream list alongside Bolitoglossa lincolni and Andrias japonicus. Click the image to open in full size.

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thanks



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Jeff, no olms?



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Olms frighten me. Click the image to open in full size.

(Message edited by tmarmoratus on June 16, 2006)



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Old 16th June 2006   #6 (permalink)
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snip " They are rock climbing specialists, and would require an incredibly elaborate set-up "

They are actually very undemanding captives. The setup doesn't have to be that elaborate as long as the humidity is sufficient to meet thier needs. They prefer rock crevices that lack detritus and are moist but not wet.
However that said, they do just fine in a shoebox on papertowels. Just crumple up the paper towels to create a moisture gradient and to create crevices for them. If you are making it too wet, they will climb the sides of the enclosure.

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