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North American Newts (Notophthalmus & Taricha) While not closely related, these two genera are the true newts of North America.

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Default Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

Hi Folks,
i have recently taken great interest in Notophthalmus viridescens
i was not able to find any Plethodontidae or Pleurodeles waltl for a long time.
i looked at Notophthalmus viridescens care sheets and them are pretty attractive and interesting species esp the Red Elfs, they seems like a kind of Triturus of USA
i have seacrh the forum and it seems some fellow hobbists has great diffculity keeping them alive for long term.
i hope to learn more from you folks before accruing them
May i know if they are tough to keep alive and what are the reasons?

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Default Re: Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

The adults aren't hard to keep alive, nor are red efts (larger ones), but it is extremely difficult to raise them cb from when they morph to becoming aquatic adults.



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Default Re: Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

Hello Otterwoman,
Thanks for your great advice
Good to hear they are not too difficult to keep alive for long term. i am probably getting some adults Notophthalmus viridescens 1m 2f trios
i hear you that they are hard to keep alive during metamorphosis. Do they drown easily or they just get sick and refuse food and die off easily?
i also read the males will always try to mate and tires the females and which leads them to death. should i keep males and females separate until breeding season?
another question do they need a larger land area? example like Tylototriton verrucosus? or they are more like firebelly newts which very aquatic?

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Default Re: Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

The males and females are together in the wild so they can be kept together in captivity.When they mate the male is aggressive but I have never seen any female die from it.They love frozen bloodworms and live black worms.They do like to get on land sometimes so a land area is a good idea.



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Default Re: Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

Hello Eddie
Thanks for advice.
May i know roughly how large the land area required, 30% of the terrarium space is ok?
or a small turtle floating dock will do?
i am using mostly Zoomed turtle floating docks for most of my semi-aquatic and aquatic caduates

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Default Re: Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

The males tries to grab the females only during the breeding season, it's mostly in spring and early summer, sometimes there is a second breeding time in autumn. It's useful to have lots of plants and litter leafs where the females can hide, especially while the breeding period! If you want to have a bit control about the breeding success you could put a pair in good breedingconditions in an extra tank. After the amplexus when the female takes successfully the spermatophore you can put the female in an tank for her own, with lots of waterweed and wait for the eggs. This can last some weeks.

A problem for the females could be too many males. I have more males than females and didn't keep them all together during the breeding season. But with 1.2 you are on the safe side!

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Default Re: Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

Hi Thomas,
Thanks for your great advice.
may i know if adult Notophthalmus viridescens requires a sizeable land area or a small land area will do?
are they highly aquatic like example firebelly and warty newts?
the reason i asked because i keep Tylototriton verrucosus which is supposed to be highly aquatic but they are not really as they spend quite a lot of time on land and seems to prefer larger land area.

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Default Re: Notophthalmus viridescens tough to keep alive?

They don't need a land area, just some place for them to haul out on to now and then, a floating piece of cork or something. A turtle dock should be more than adequate.
THe larvae just stop eating and die off.
I have never seen a female die from amplexus, either.



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