Species, Genus & Family Discussions

Topics that deal with a species, genus, or family of caudata. Includes "common name" forums, such as axolotls and fire-bellied newts.

Crocodile Newts (Tylototriton & Echinotriton)...

Two popular genera of Asian newts, the crocodile newts are diverse of habit, habitat, and appearance. The Mandarin or Emperor Newt, Tylototriton shanjing, is highly sought after.
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Eurasian Newts (Triturus, former Triturus, Calotri

Triturus and its relatives (Ichthyosaura/Mesotriton, Lissotriton, and Ommatotriton) are a diverse and widespread group of newts. While mainly European, several species can be found in the Near and Middle East. Euproctus, the brook newts, are confined to Corsica and Sardinia.
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Fire-Belly & Sword-Tail Newts (Cynops & Hypselotri

Perhaps the most famous and frequently bred newts in captivity, the fire-bellied newts and sword-tail newts are well known throughout the world as being excellent, gregarious captives.
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Fire Salamanders (Salamandra)

The first salamanders described, this diverse genus of species and subspecies can be found throughout Europe and the Near-East. They are the animals that first come to mind when most people hear the word "salamander".
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Hynobiid Salamanders (Hynobiidae)

This group of Far Eastern salamanders are becoming increasingly popular in captivity, and thanks to the captive breeding efforts of one European hobbyist in particular (you know who I mean), they are becoming easier and easier to acquire.
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Large Aquatic Salamanders (Hellbenders/Cryptobranc

This topic covers Cryptobranchids like the hellbender and Asian giant salamanders, as well as sirens, mud puppies, and amphiumas.
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Mole Salamanders but not tigers or axolotls (Ambys

These large-mouthed, burrowing salamanders are indigenous to Central and North America.
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Near and Middle Eastern Newts (Neurergus)

Arguably the most beautiful newts in the world, this Asian genus is highly desired by many hobbyists.
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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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Pacific Giant Salamanders (Dicamptodon)

Found only in the Northwest of the United States of America, the (currently) 4 species of this genus are the largest and heaviest land-living salamanders in the world.
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Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglos

The largest, and one of the most diverse groups of salamanders, these salamanders have all evolved to breathe solely through their skin and are found almost exclusively in North America.
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Ribbed Newts (Pleurodeles)

Now comprising at least 3 species, this genus of newts includes the largest "newt" in the world, Pleurodeles waltl.
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Tiger Salamander & Axolotl (Ambystoma tigrinum, A.

The Tiger Salamanders and the Axolotl are so popular amongst hobbyists that they have been given their own topic. If you're particularly interested in the Axolotl, there is a large section of the forum devoted mainly to beginner Axolotl enthusiasts (not this topic).
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Torrent Salamanders (Rhyacotriton)

This sub-forum is dedicated to these Pacific Coast cousins of Ambystoma and Dicamptodon.
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Warty Newts (Paramesotriton & Laotriton) & Paddlet

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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    Greetings I have a quaratined tiger salamander due to not feeding and feeling lethargic. I saw a slimy green stuff inside the enclosure. Is this vomit? Poop?
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