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Axel01
1st November 2008, 00:33
I have a chance at getting a pair of Long toes.

What is the best way of looking after them, please?

I'd love to be able to encourage them to breed.

oregon newt
1st November 2008, 14:01
Ambystomatids are notoriously hard to breed in captivity, and few have actually done it. As for the care, I would give them the same general care as a tiger salamander http://www.caudata.org/cc/species/Ambystoma/A_tigrinum.shtml

Jennewt
1st November 2008, 15:38
In terms of care, they just need "basic" terrestrial salamander care. From your past posts, it looks like you already have some experience with this.

It's going to be difficult to find information about breeding. The only information I've seen is Henk's old newsletters (you'll have to read through each of them, search for "macro"):
http://www.caudata.org/people/Henk/
and his caresheet (which you can translate from Dutch using babelfish, etc.):
http://groups.google.com/group/Urodela/web/ambystoma-macrodactylum-nakweekverslag-vedlobservaties-en-literatuurstudie

henk_wallays
10th November 2008, 20:46
Hai Jennifer, thank for kind links. In fact not all Ambystoma are that difficult to breed; I keep mine cold during the winter on land (close to freezing) and then confront them in the spring with cold water and higher air humidity by setting them over in a tank with waterpart a little land area, closed off with a full lid (high humidity). Even setting them over in water (not too deep) if need be. So far A. mavortium, maculatum, opacum and macrodactylum have been bred on some occasions in Europe and I hope to try next spring with A. laterale. And I thought there was even someone who bred A. annulatum too, but have no details of these however ...

I will see if I find the time to try and translate my Dutch A. macrodactylum article... ;-))