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Old 8th March 2008   #1
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Exclamation urgent!! injured spanish ribbed newt

help my spanish ribbed newt just broke his lowef jaw he got it stuck inside a very small mussel it is almost ripped in half. what should i do ? i know that they are pretty hardy and can recover from most injuries but will his jaw ever be okay again? should i try to set it somehow? he doesnt need to eat for another week hes in preety googd shape but i have no idea what to do?



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help my spanish ribbed newt just broke his lowef jaw he got it stuck inside a very small mussel it is almost ripped in half. what should i do ? i know that they are pretty hardy and can recover from most injuries but will his jaw ever be okay again? should i try to set it somehow? he doesnt need to eat for another week hes in preety googd shape but i have no idea what to do?
Depending on how bad the wound is, it should recover no problem. Do you have photos by any chance?



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heres a picture you can sort of see the hole in the lower jaw. sorry about the quility
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I can't really tell by the picture, but it doesn't look horrible. Keep it in cool, clean water and it should heal up fine as long as it's not infected.

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thanks for the info. part of his jawbone is almost snapped off though its hanging out of the wound.



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I would seperate it from the other newts- so when you feed them the injured one doesn't try to eat, or get excited by the food.



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I would also remove the mussels ASAP. Bivalves and fish are fine but amphibians tend to poke their parts in where they don't belong and sometimes with bad results.



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musscels as in shelfish? i missed that- why the heck are those in there?



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well it was a 0.75 inch one and he tried to eat it. i actually didnt notice it among the garvel



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