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3rd March 2008, 23:21
Hey, I was out at a creek near my house a little bit ago, and I caught six of these salamander larvae (I'm pretty sure that's what they are lol) but I was wondering if it's possible to identify them yet, what they eat, housing requirements, and how long it'll take them to become adults. Here are some pics.

Btw, if this topic is in the wrong place, then I apologize.

3rd March 2008, 23:22
Oh btw, I caught these in the piedmont of North Carolina, down the road from the geographic center, if that helps in identification.

4th March 2008, 04:43
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6th March 2008, 00:52

They are surely caudate larvae. They are definitely not Notophthalmus. Larvae are pretty hard to ID. I might venture a guess that their heads look like Ambystoma, but I have a low level of confidence even in saying this much.

They'll need pond water (loaded with micro-life) or other small live food that is cultured or bought. If you haven't already, read the "raising" and "microfoods" articles on Caudata Culture.

6th March 2008, 03:58
Kk thanks a bunch :D

6th March 2008, 04:23
I wouldn't say ambystomids only because they were found in a creek.

Newly hatched brine shrimp are good to use when starting out with little larvae.

12th March 2008, 01:39
They are definitely ambystomatids, not stream-form larvae. That head shape is a good give-away as well as the development of the hind legs and well defined rachis.