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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 3rd April 2017   #1
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Default Housing Taricha Torosa eggs/larvae outdoors?

Hi guys, so I came across a pretty rare opportunity. I saw some captive bred taricha torosa eggs for sale recently and jumped at the opportunity to get some. I should have them in a couple days.

Just curious... Can the eggs/larvae be housed in tubs outside in a shaded area? I already live in SoCal. I come across them on hikes just a few miles north of me all the time. I'm wondering if keeping them outside would get them closer to their desired temps.

Thanks in advance! And sorry for the possibly stupid question



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Old 13th April 2017   #2
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Default Re: Housing Taricha Torosa eggs/larvae outdoors?

I am not an expert on housing newts outside but if there native to you area it shouldn't be a problem although someone else would have to tell you how to setup and enclosure for them. I did want to say these are one awesome newt species I first ever saw these as a kid in the movie Matilda! Good luck!



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Default Re: Housing Taricha Torosa eggs/larvae outdoors?

My thought is that so long as it doesn't drop too far below freezing where you live, you should be okay. During winter, it is hard to keep eggs or larvae inside because most people keep their heaters on to a point where its much warmer than it would be outside.
Just be sure the lid is very secure so that no urban invaders can get in for a snack!



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Default Re: Housing Taricha Torosa eggs/larvae outdoors?

Outdoor enclosure should work but it kind of depends on what part of Southern Cal you are at. Like if you are up in Big Bear it wouldn't be an issue. But if you are in Barstow or something it would be way too hot.



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Default Re: Housing Taricha Torosa eggs/larvae outdoors?

Another issue is heavy rain. I know someone who was keeping larvae outdoors, but lost them when there was a heavy rain that caused the containers to overflow.

Keeping them outdoors has some advantages (like free live food), but also some added risks.



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Keeping them outdoors has some advantages (like free live food), but also some added risks.
Like free food for the clever raccoon who stumbles across them!



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