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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 30th December 2008   #1
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Default P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

Well this past week has brought about some new developments with the Paramesotrition.
One of my female chinensis started laying a few days ago. She is always kind of secretive so I was searching for her to feed her and found eggs in the plants. I found 10 at first and 7 of them were obvious duds but the others were good. She has laid more since then that look better so hopefully she has it figured out now. I took what I could find out since it seems the male has decided they look like an interesting snack.


This morning I checked and found hongkongensis eggs as well. She has started laying in a really funny place! With all the plants in the tank, she goes for the little floating flower thing!

So here are a few pics of the chinensis tank - female laying eggs, egg on a plant, eggs....
And then some of the hongkongensis too - tank, eggs, female
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Old 30th December 2008   #2
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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

That's great news Audrey, congrats! I hope all goes well and that there is more on the way! That setup looks good, I bet the newts are very happy.



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Old 30th December 2008   #3
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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

Fantastic, Audrey! Good luck with rearing them. This seems very late for Paramesotriton; mine (aff. fuzhongensis) always started laying in the late autumn; perhaps there is interspecific variation in egg laying.



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Old 30th December 2008   #4
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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

Well done Audrey! Good luck with them. My hongkongensis haven't started laying yet, it's usually around the second week in January before they go.



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Old 30th December 2008   #5
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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

Hi

Congratulations!! I have P.chinensis, and it's good for me see you breed this newt!!!!!


Adeu !!

(Excuse me for my bad english..)



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Old 31st December 2008   #6
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Congratulations Audrey! The newts and eggs look great. Keep us updated.



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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

I want to add my congratulations as well Audrey. I have 2.1 and the tail of the dominate male has been darkening lately however so far the female seems to show no interest. Did you cool them down prior to this?
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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

It is interesting to me that my hongkongensis also got into breeding mode in January. Apparently this falls within the September - March breeding time in China. Seems nature is able to figure it out in some of the most unnatural conditions! My tank is in my basement study with no natural light. The basement does cool down a lot however,which probably helps trigger breeding.

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My females have started laying really late this year, beginning last week.



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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

How are the larvae coming along?



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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

I've left all the eggs in for the parents to eat this year. I still have juveniles from the past two years breedings, and haven't the time this year to devote to raising lots of larvae.



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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

Update:
Well the hongkongs are certainly taking their sweet time to hatch - some have hatched with all four legs!
The chinensis are also hatching nicely and a second female has started laying eggs. Here is a pic of each of the egg/larvae tanks.
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Default Re: P. chinensis and P. hongkongensis eggs

How big are they now?



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