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Fire Salamanders (Salamandra) The first salamanders described, this diverse genus of species and subspecies can be found throughout Europe and the Near-East. They are the animals that first come to mind when most people hear the word "salamander".

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Old 14th November 2017   #1
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Question Winter Cooling Period for Breeding S.s.s?

Hello all,

It has been a while since I have posted on the forum xD

I need advice for breeding Salamandra salamandra salamandra, of which I believe I have one pair.

I live in San Jose, CA; where winter temperatures range from 40F at night and 60F during the day. December is cooler, with upper 50's as common high temperatures in my area. There are a some days where the nighttime temperature drops below 40F. It rarely dips below 32F.

I keep them in my insulated garage which can get to 45F at its lowest.

1. Will this be sufficient in winter cooling?
2. Anything in particular I should keep in mind for breeding?
3. Do the animals require extra food? Any specific food items?
4. How deep should the water bowl be? Currently it is at a depth of ~1 inch.

They (2) are currently in a simplistic set up(they trampled many, many plants) with dirt and 4 hides. The animals are fed homegrown European nightcrawlers and occasionally Eisenia fetida (they accept them).

Thanks in advance.



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Default Re: Winter Cooling Period for Breeding S.s.s?

I'm sorry you never received a response, but hopefully better late than never.

1) 45 degrees F is fine. I wouldn't let them get much below this honestly.
2) Do they get exposed to the natural light changes with the seasons? I think this is equally important, perhaps more so.
3) Not in my experience. Feed them if they will eat (mine usually eat even when it's that cold).
4) 1 inch is fine. I wouldn't go much deeper.

How old are they? At this point if the female is gravid it should be very obvious already. If not then you might have to wait a year, but you still need to cycle them now.



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