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bob
30th October 2005, 17:08
Hi this guy has got very bloated in the last month or two. Dont know what is wrong with him. Any ideas guys. Cheers.

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ingo
30th October 2005, 19:24
Hi,

Before I try to guess what might be wrong, first some questions:
How old are the Salamanders?
What and how much do you feed? Do you feed with tweezers or do you put the food just into the terrarium?
Does he still eat?

jordan
30th October 2005, 20:12
Thats one bloated salamander.

bob
31st October 2005, 12:50
They are about 9months old. I just throw in some micro crickets into the terranium about 10 every two weeks. Its hard to know if its still eating as they hide during the day. I have them just on damp kitchen roll as substrate, with some moss and hidey holes for them. Ive started powdering the crickets with a calcium supplement i got in the reptile shop. Hope this helps, my poor wee sally http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/sad.gif

ester
31st October 2005, 18:00
Why not try a few woodlice? They're rich in calcium.

ingo
31st October 2005, 22:59
Hi Bob,

according to your Info we can exclude overfeeding;

10 micro crickets in two weeks for 2 juvenile Fire Salamanders seems too little to me, and in addition to that, you should alter different food types (of which Ester already mentioned an other example).
In my opinion, the best food is self-caught insects, earthworms etc. from the wild (if itīs possible for you to do so).

Is the kitchen roll always that wet, as it looks in the picture? Do the Sals have the possibility to chose hiding places with different humidity?

bob
31st October 2005, 23:14
Im actually thinking your right Ingo Schilk. There is no dry place for them to go. Do you think its some sort of water retention? Im gonna get a couple of slates for the sally to have a dry area to go on to.

jeff
1st November 2005, 00:05
How often do you change out the paper towel? You should be changing it out at least twice a week. A moist paper towel is a perfect place for bacteria to multiply.

bob
2nd November 2005, 10:45
I change the paper towel about once a week. If it is an infection what should i do? Ive noticed that he is still bloated if not more so. I will try and get a new pic up tonight.

bob
2nd November 2005, 21:08
heres a new pic. Hes definately getting bigger. What should i do guys?http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/46783.jpg

andy
2nd November 2005, 21:14
Have you read these?
http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/bloatEDK.shtml
http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/salt.shtml
Not sure if these help, the second link talks about fluid retention
Good luck