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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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Old 20th November 2017   #1
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Default Cannabalism among notophthalmus viridescens?

I currently have a couple adult n viridescens and some newly morphed red efts (morphed this summer so have a few months of growth on them). The adults are being kept aquatic (with some areas to emerge if they need but they rarely if ever do) and the efts are in a terrestrial forest floor setup. In an effort to save space in my ever expanding newt room I am thinking of creating a pond-shore style paladarium in a spare 40 breeder with water for the adults and a large land area for the efts. My concern is that the efts are quite small, 2-3 inches and I am not sure if the adults would prey on the efts. Is this a valid concern or would housing them together go ok as they are the same species?

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Old 21st November 2017   #2
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Default Re: Cannabalism among notophthalmus viridescens?

My guess would be no, since efts are distasteful and highly toxic if ingested.



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Old 22nd November 2017   #3
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Default Re: Cannabalism among notophthalmus viridescens?

If you are keeping the efts with the adults in an aquatic/ terrestrial setup, just make sure that there's no way the efts could drown and be trapped in the water.



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Default Re: Cannabalism among notophthalmus viridescens?

I see it like Nativenewt, the main risk is drowning because the efts will fall accidently in the water. I keep red efts without any problems together with terrestrial adults.

BTW If the red efts been bred in captivity they seems to be none toxic.

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Default Re: Cannabalism among notophthalmus viridescens?

I've never had trouble with keeping them together. They hardly see each other since they stay in different environments.



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