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    Toad patrol in Nottingham

    Not about caudates, but I guess we all love toads! One of the main breeding site for the Common Toad (Bufo bufo) in Notts is a pond by a dead end road, you would think that the road being a dead end, it is not that much of a problem, but the road deserve a small commuter village, and a mansion...
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    Contagious sores on my verrucosus

    My Tylos are CB and have been in my care for over 3 years. They often bite each other in feeding frenzies, and this has never been a problem. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a wound on the back of one of them that looked a bit atypical. Sadly, a few day later, my brother in law passed away...
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    Should the location of newly discovered species be hidden?

    BBC News, London 20 march 2012 Should the Location of Newly Discovered Species be Hidden? "In 1999, herpetologist Bryan Stuart was working in Northern Laos when he stumbled across an eye-catching newt he had never seen before [...] later he published an article in the Journal of Herpetology...
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    Caudate metal \m/

    My band just finished recording our, sadly final, album. I sneaked in a song about the fate of the Hellbender, a good share of my lyrics have a conservation slent to them, and i always wanted to do one about caudate, and the Hellbender is the most metal sunding one :cool:. We're at the fringe...
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    Pixar cancels newt

    Pixar 2012 future movie "newt" has been cancelled, the project was going to be a rom-com about the last 2 blue footed newts on earth, being brough together for a last chance CB project and not getting on at all, the classic newt meets newt, newt hates newt, newt learn to love newt, newt has lots...
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    UK Press: My newt and I

    The Guardian, London, UK, Saturday 20 March: My newt and I "I didn't see a newt in the wild until the summer of 1958. I had bunked off school and gone to the rookery at Streatham Common, hoping to catch some tadpoles, when I noticed a male smooth newt was trapped in a small channel leading out...
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    Caudate passage in my band interview

    So my band is being interviewed by a Scottish zine, and they asked us what interesting things we were doing outside the band, here is my answer: J – Hehe, this is where I will get some flack: As obscure and bizarre as it might be, I am an amphibian enthusiast. While it is now very common for...
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    UK Press: Why We Shouldn't Eat Frog's Legs

    Guardian.co.uk, Friday August 7th 2009: Why we shouldn't eat frogs' legs Every year, the French nibble away at 4,000 tonnes of frogs' legs. But that's nothing compared with the vast number being eaten in Asia, South America and even the US. And it's pushing the world's frog population towards...
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    Epic battle

    Yesterday night as I lift some of the tiles that cover my dirt heap to collect worms for the critters I noticed a rather large (for England) Centipede, Lithobius sp. , about 50mm in size, running away. Nothing surprising except that this guy is rather large. After I had collected enough...
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    UK Press: Student activists try to save wildlife on China's menu

    A long last, great to see some Chinese young people challenging the 'if it moves, we cook it' culture in China. Having grown up a conservation advocate in rural, hunting crazy, herps hating Southern France, I feel I do share a lot with them... (warning the video embeded in the article contain a...
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    My Marms plus horror story

    I finally joined the 21st century and got a (crapy) digital camera, so here are a couple of pictures of my marmsjuvies group. I got them from Morg at the end of last summer: spider newt: and the rest of the group: The pictures were taken last Thursday, Saturday morning as I was putting...
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    expanding foam toxicity

    I am currently working on a new viv project with a glass separation. I am planning to "glue" some corck bark to the separation and fill the cavity created with expending foam so I do not create a bacterial nursery... The expending foam I found at the local diy shop is Polycell Expending Foam...
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    GB Press: World's rarest tree frog found

    From the BBC News website, a couple of interesting links bellow the main video. "An extremely rare female frog has been spotted for the first time in 20 years. The tiny amphibian, Isthmohyla rivularis, is carrying eggs, suggesting that the species is doing well. The discovery was filmed by...
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    Hello

    Hello everyone, My name is Jeremie, I now live in Nottingham, UK, but was born and grew up in Dordogne, in the south of France, Keeping and breeding all kind of herps in my bedroom/garden (Marbled Newt - my favorites!, Fire Salamanders, Midwife Toads, Smooth and Palmate Newts, etc...). I...
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    Ok I’m new so I have a pink Axolotl and it’s a baby like two three max inches and it eats from the top and it has now been floating a while now should I be worried ?? The other one is at the bottom of the tank and the tail isint hoocked or the gills aren’t curved flowerd they seem relaxed
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    ?? I’m new owner to the type of fish
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  • Lanalotl:
    Hi I recently rescued a lotl (i did weeks of research before rescuing) Hes mabey 5 or 6 years of age..the previous owner could not remember the exact age of him. I got him from her as he was or had been picked on by his tank mate another lotl who was bough with him from every younger age, I noticed one of his gills, a middle one at the end had split in two? And is slightly more floppy? He also appears or mabey I'm just over worried to mabey have lost some feathers, is that normal to lose some?...all levels in the tank are fine, but wondered if theres and advice anyone could give me as an experienced owner to a new one.
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  • Axolotl Queen:
    @Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
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  • Smknmom421:
    Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
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  • Murk:
    That sounds like severe skin damage. If you post a thread on the forum, you can attach pictures.
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  • Murk:
    It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
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  • Murk:
    Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
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  • Sal22:
    I think my axie is dying, he’s never had any issues before, I’ve had him 3 years, today I noticed some fluffy looking stuff coming from his genital area so I took him out of his tank and did a full tank clean to make sure the water wasn’t infected as I thought it was fungus and then I noticed he had a cut on his belly which was only small about 5 hours ago and now it’s spread to all of his belly, what do I do I’m freaking out
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  • Sal22:
    Update about my axie, unfortunately he has died over night, he looked as if he was bruised allover his belly, his mucus layer had also started to come off.
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  • Ganaa:
    Anyone here from DMV?
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  • AlexisJG:
    Hi I have 2 4in juveniles (I’ve had them about 2 weeks and they are doing well I think they’ve grown a little already honestly) but I am supposed to go on a 5-6 day vacation in October about 3-4 months from now. I am wondering how I should go about their care when I am gone. I thought about putting them in separate (fairly big) containers with live plants and/or bubblers with a fan in the dark and either fridging them (my last plan) but I am hoping to to either have someone I trust come feed them and turkey baste waste out or just leave them out and clean the containers before we leave and have someone come check on them once or twice. Does any of this sound like a good or bad idea? I want the best for them. All help appreciated :)
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  • Ganaa:
    @patrickstar116, do you still have your fire salamanders?
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  • patrickstar116:
    @Ganaa, I do you may message me if you wish
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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    hi.....
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  • JDeslippe21:
    Hi, so I have 2 male axolotls and about an hour ago they were both perfectly fine and now only one of them has his tail curling up and his gills are slightly curled?? But other than that they’re both acting normally
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