The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store

Notices

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.

Reply

 

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 22nd September 2009   #1
ntny
(ntny)
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Nationality:
Posts: 287
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: ntny has shown reliable knowledgentny has shown reliable knowledge
Default P.chinesis have different taste and prey?

Hi folks,

i have got 3 P.chinesis.

the big black male will eat earthworms and bloodworms...everything.
the other brownish big female only eats earthworms, she don't give bloodworms a second look.
the slightly smaller female only eats blood worms, she seems scare of bigger worms.


is this strange or normal?

thanks



ntny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd September 2009   #2
Janusz Wierzbicki
(Yahilles)
Prolific Member
 
Yahilles's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 26
Posts: 529
Gallery Images: 4
Comments: 1
Rep: Yahilles is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgYahilles is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgYahilles is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgYahilles is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.orgYahilles is a well respected, valued and knowledgeable member of Caudata.org
Default Re: P.chinesis have different taste and prey?

I guess that last behavior is normal, as newt "feels" that earthworm is too strong to her to swallow (some newts are so agressive to attack bigger prey than they can eat and some fear them), after overwintering my orientalis in 2008, my newts were escaping from live bloodworms and it haven't looked like they don't wanna eat.
Other examples: i would say that most food tolerance in male is probably caused by agression (if i remember, your male is in breeding condition now?) and bigger female "thinks" that bloodworms are too small and not enough for her so she eats only bigger prey that will give her more energy to produce eggs.



__________________
Cheers, Janusz
Yahilles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd September 2009   #3
Foster Reves
(freves)
Prolific Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 51
Posts: 1,061
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 1
Rep: freves is a mainstay of Caudata.orgfreves is a mainstay of Caudata.orgfreves is a mainstay of Caudata.orgfreves is a mainstay of Caudata.orgfreves is a mainstay of Caudata.orgfreves is a mainstay of Caudata.orgfreves is a mainstay of Caudata.org
Default Re: P.chinesis have different taste and prey?

In my experience with a variety of Asian species, including P. chinensis, I have found that it is not unusual for individuals to demonstate a fondness for certain food items. Conversly I have also noticed that some individuals refuse certain food items as well. Are you feeding your animals on land or in the water? I have one P. chinensis male that will refuse some food items when he is out of the water but eagerly accept the same item when submerged. I suspect that has something to do with the scent but that is only speculation on my part. Also, try offering as much variety as possible. I feed most of the Asian species that I keep a rotating diet of pre-killed feeder insects, sections of fresh seafood (mostly shrimp), earthworms, pre-soaked pellet food, and anything else that I can throw in for variety. If a prey item is too large then it certainly could be refused, try cutting the worm into smaller sections.
Chip



freves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd September 2009   #4
ntny
(ntny)
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Nationality:
Posts: 287
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: ntny has shown reliable knowledgentny has shown reliable knowledge
Default Re: P.chinesis have different taste and prey?

hi folks,

thanks for info.
good to know it's a normal newts behaviour.

cheers!



ntny is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
pchinesis, prey, taste

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GBR Press: Birds get taste for tadpoles wes Press / News Items 1 4th October 2006 14:03
Bite.... You taste like my brother... okay, I am not going to eat you. ian General Discussion & News from Members 6 27th November 2005 22:50
Caudate prey prefferences benjamin General Discussion & News from Members 9 6th September 2005 23:55
Taricha and His Prey pamela Photo & Video Gallery 3 3rd March 2005 16:19
Any experience with P. chinesis? ^imp^ General Discussion & News from Members 1 31st July 2003 11:39


All times are GMT. The time now is 19:58.