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Warty Newts (Paramesotriton & Laotriton) & Paddletail Newts (Pachytriton Often sold incorrectly as Japanese fire-bellied newts, these territorial newts are distinct from other genera and very interesting in their own right.

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Old 13th December 2009   #1
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Default Cloaca rubbing

My new P. chinesis is clinging to the elodea plant and sliding its cloaca on the plant. I searched and didn't find any info. Is he just marking his territory or what?

I had a female first, and yesterday I added this one which I suspect is a male.



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Sounds to me like egg laying behaviour. Sometimes they do this without actually laying eggs, but you should check.



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Default Re: Cloaca rubbing

Ummmm...wow...I didn't see anything that looked like an egg...not that I know what they look like.


I just got the newt that was doing this....and I thought it was a MALE???



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Unless, you are sure its a male, i think egg laying practice is a possibility. It could also be that the newt is defecating...does it raise the tail?
The worst scenario would probably be some sort of parasite that is causing cloacal irritation, hopefully not.



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Default Re: Cloaca rubbing

No tail raising. It must be female. I think the cloaca on both of my newts are different from eachother...so one MUST be male and one MUST be female. We will have to wait and see.



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If you post a picture of the cloaca and tail im sure well be able to give you a hand in identifying their sex.



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Default Re: Cloaca rubbing

For some reason my camera won't focus on the newts to get a clear picture of their cloacas. So no picture.

I saw the new newt rubbing on the plant again toda. No eggs though...unless they are super small. What should I be looking for?



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