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Ok, so I went fishing today (didn't catch much), and I saw a guy fishing down aways from me, so I walked over to him to see if he was having better luck then I was having, and he said "No". He then said he was going to put his special bait on, so I asked him what that was, and he said "I'll show you". So he opens up a bucket that I figured it would have some worms, shiners, crayfish or something like that, but to my surprise it was 7 redback sals. I was not too happy about this, because I am now into keeping sals and newts, so I asked the guy why he was using them, and he said "because they work".

I then asked the guy if I gave him my shiners if he would let them go, he said no. I then offered to buy them off him, so he said "Okay, $2 each". I gave him the $14 and was going to let them go, but when I picked them up to let them go, I noticed that they were skinny, and very very very dry. I asked the guy how long he had them, he said 3 days .

While in the bucket, the sals have had no moisture, so instead of letting them go, I brought them home and put them in a 10 gallon fish tank with damp moss, a nice piece of slate, a small log that I found in the woods, and some very very small worms which I also found in the woods.

I haven't seen them eat, but I'm hoping they do soon. I'm going to order some springtails and I am going to the pet store tomorrow to get some pin head crickets.

I'm hoping to let them go in a couple of weeks, but I hope I'm not breaking the law by having them in the first place. I live in MA, so i looked on masswildlife.org to see if it was okay to have them, but it didn't say one way or the other.

Can some one help? And, did I do the right thing by buying them, and trying to save them, or should I have just let them go as soon as i got them out of the bucket?

Here are some pictures of the tank i mad for them please make suggestion on how to make them feel more at home. Sorry for the bad pictures my camera sucks.
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They don't look to skinny to me. Redbacks aren't the chubbiest animals to begin with.



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I would have done the same thing. I have them in my backyard and I kept a few alive in the house one winter with springtails. I think mine also eat the small black slugs that are also common back there.



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When i took the picture they had eatin some crickets and i think the water help because as soon as i put them in there they plumped up.
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I just hope i didnt break any laws. But even if i did im ok with that because i feel i did the right thing. Ill have to order some springtails because ive been feeding them pinheads but would like to give them a variety of food. But i really dont want to touch a slug
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Tell me where that guy lives and I'll put him on a hook and see if the fish like that :P.



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Tell me where that guy lives and I'll put him on a hook and see if the fish like that :P.
Can I be the first to cast him out?



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You absolutely did the right thing - right on! People are just plain ignorant! Way to go for standing your ground and not turning away...I'm w/ John and Justin - cast the creep out!

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I once was at a park where a young girl was collecting Notos to sell as bait...I made her look at their little faces and told her how some people keep them as pets. It was a bit of a lecture, I hope I made an impression.



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