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  1. Mark

    Triturus Marmoratus

    Yes it will. Juveniles tend to have brighter dorsal stripes but the stripe will remain into adulthood for both male and female.
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    Marbled newt terrestrial to aquatic animals phase

    In the wild Triturus become aquatic only during the breeding season. The rest of the year they are terrestrial, hidden away under logs or rocks. I'm not aware of evidence that suggests forcing a newt to be aquatic is harmful but given the choice the newt would continue it's natural terrestrial...
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    Bloated and spine showing on newt

    The term “dirt quarantine” has been around for years in the newt hobby. By changing to a terrestrial enclosure it takes the animal away from any environmental stressors it had and reduces it’s exposure to infectious organisms that were present in the old enclosure. This gives the newt a fighting...
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    Bloated and spine showing on newt

    Hi Redwoodtree, Probably whatever stopped it feeding in the first place is what has lead to the bloat. Muscle absorption will sometimes cause bloating in starved newts. If you're lucky it was caused by environmental conditions, such as poor water quality or high temperatures and a terrestrial...
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    Frog evolution linked to mass extinction event

    An interesting amphibian news piece based on research published in the journal PNAS recently. The study reveals that 88% of all modern frog species were possibly the result of the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. The rapid diversification is thought to...
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    Question: Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans symptoms

    For those in the know, are skin lesions always present with Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans infection? Ghent University describes lesions and deep ulcerations all over the body, anorexia, apathy and neurological symptoms including loss of voluntary movement and muscle coordination. Is it...
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    Let's see those tools

    Over the years I've tried all kinds of tools and gadgets to assist in cleaning and feeding newts. Everything from battery powered syphons to home made pooters, but I always fall back on a handful of trusty tools. It struck me that few of the items I use regularly are actually intended for use...
  8. Mark

    UK to EU Shipping options

    I'm looking for some recommendations for shipping newts both in the UK and overseas. I'm assuming there are courier companies here who'll take live animals for a price and deliver next day within the UK? What do people do about sending newts overseas i.e. other EU countries? I've used regular...
  9. Mark

    Time lapse N.kaiseri

    A short time lapse of some of this years N.kaiseri. It was shot on my phone using iMotion. The video nicely demonstrates the desire for cover. These timid newts do not like to be exposed. Kaiseri Time Lapse - YouTube
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    Keeping kaiseri metamorphs aquatic

    Has anyone tried forcing kaiseri metamorphs to remain aquatic? I'm raising a few hundred and the first batch of morphs crawled up the walls but within a couple of days went back to the water and haven't left since. Aquatic morphs will be much easier with regards to space and food.
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    Photo Competition - 2014 Caudata.org Calendar

    The 2013 Caudata.org Calendar Photo competition is now officially open! Each year we hold a competition to find 13 stunning photos to display on the Caudata.org calendar. Calendars are sold via the Caudata.org store to hobbyists throughout the world. The rules are very simple: 1) The image...
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    2014 Axolotl Calendar Competition

    The 2013 Caudata.org Axolotl Calendar Photo competition is now officially open! It's time again for us to find 13 wonderful images for our Caudata.org axolotl calendar. Calendars are sold worldwide via the Caudata.org axolotl store. The rules are very simple: 1) The image must be of an...
  13. Mark

    North America - Epic New Wildlife Documentary

    Here's a shameless plug for a new wildlife documentary series about North America I've been involved with for the past year or so. It's produced by Wild Horizons, who are based in the offices I work in Bristol and has been overseen by some of the great folks that brought us Planet Earth, so...
  14. Mark

    Tubifex supplier

    Can anyone recommend a tubifex supplier in the UK? My regular supplier appears to have closed down. I'm preferably looking for someone who can supply good numbers via post and not overly expensive. So many mouths to feed :eek:
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    The Dark Side of Species Discovery

    This was shared by Amphibiaweb on Facebook today. It's an old article which may've been posted here before but it was the first time I'd read it so thought I'd share. It's a transcription of an interview with the scientist who discovered the Laos newt and makes for pretty depressing reading...
  16. Mark

    Newts in a Beer Barrel

    My alpine newts were, up until recently, living in a rubber tub in the garden but after a few sub zero nights with ice forming on the surface I took pity on them so fished them out (freezing cold hands + much swearing when they evaded capture) and brought them indoors. I didn't have a tank...
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    Hikari Carnivore Pellets

    Anyone else tried these? Hikari info : Hikari Tropical SINKING CARNIVORE PELLETS They seem pretty well accepted, especially by aquatic newts and hikari is a pretty reputable brand. The nutritional analysis is on the web page above and the packet lists the ingredients as follows: Fish meal...
  18. Mark

    Salamanders wanted for filming - UK

    Hello, I'm on the hunt for UK keepers of Eurycea or Plethodon (most likely glutinosus) to be filmed for a TV program. Filming needs to take place next week so it's a bit tight! If you keep any of the above genus and would be happy to have your animals filmed please send me a PM asap so I can...
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    Is sand really nutritious?

    This larva thinks so! I've never seen so much sand in a larva before. This is an Ommatotriton larva kept on bog standard aquarium sand. None of it's siblings, of which there are hundreds, seem to have such a taste for it. After I took this photo I fed it a large bloodworm which it inhaled into...
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    Indre, France in April

    I've spent the last week in the Indre region of France hiking in some of my favourite forests and wooded river valleys. Salamandra salamandra terrestris larvae are very abundant at this time of year, appearing in most small pools, troughs and puddles. Adults are harder to find, mostly hiding...
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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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    @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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    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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    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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    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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    @patrickstar116, do you still have your fire salamanders?
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    @Ganaa, I do you may message me if you wish
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    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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  • Murk:
    Could be he's just excited, spooked or temporarily stressed, which could pass in a few hours. It could also be an indicator of other problems. Do you have any recent water parameters?
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  • AlexisJG:
    Does anyone have any idea how to help with high ammonia levels? I have the API freshwater master kit and everything else’s test results were great besides ammonia. I did a 50% water change and I use API products including ammonia lock.
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  • MuggleMiChu:
    Help! I got my first axolotl two days ago and they have stopped eating. They ate a few frozen blood worms the first day and haven’t eaten or been interested in food since. I feed them frozen blood worms and the tank is around 64 degrees. I do have a filter that moves sometimes and I noticed them swimming up to it, I have a new filter and a fan coming today or tomorrow. I leave the worms in the tank or a little bit before taking them out so I don’t know if they ate when I wasn’t looking. I know it takes a while for them to digest. Does anyone have any tips or knowledge they can share? The pet store I bought them from didn’t have gravel or sand in the tank so I’m not sure if theres an issue or if I’m just impatient. Thank you!
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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu, how big they are? also for substrate, i would not do gravel at all I would either do sand or none at all!
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  • MuggleMiChu:
    They are about 2-3 inches long and I have them in a bare bottom tank
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  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu I would say try live black/blood worms untell they are full or just turn there head away ( that's what mine do) if that does not work try to get some live brine shrimp and see if they eat that. baby axolotl prefer live food over frozen food as the frozen food is too cold for them or they can't eat it in one go( that's if you do the blocks) mine eat chopped up frozen thawed shrimp. as for them not eating from what I have experienced with my second axolotl, I got her when she was about an inch long and she ate every day, when they start getting 3-4 inches long they will gradually slow down there eating. and if you really want to do substrate I would do sand because if they do ingest a little bit it won't hurt them.
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  • MuggleMiChu:
    Thank you so much for the information and advice! They are eating again, they ate a lot today. I think it might have been stress from the move or digesting old food, I also noticed they ate some of the food left in the tank (I removed the rest). I’m going to keep the tank bare bottom.
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    @MuggleMiChu,your so welcome im glad to be of help! and I'm glad that they are eating as well!
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