Ambystoma and peat moss

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I know someone that is keeping spotted sals in peat moss bedding. I know that peat is somewhat acidic, is this in any way endangering the sals? They appear to be happy and healthy, but I know that looks can be deceiving.
 
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I suppose if you have a species from alkaline habitats, acidic surroundings could conceivably irritate the skin enough to allow microbes to attack. It's something to think about I suppose.
 

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I'm more inclined to stick with forrest floor soil. It seems to keep a better micro flora habbit inside the enclosure that assist with breaking down waste. The enclosure seems to keep longer. How are others doing with routine maintenence with their mole salamanders? Is there a typical routine or schedule that one does that keeps the environment healthy? (dirt changes, routine cleaning) I use the sweater box method.
 
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Like you Al, I'm using soil for my Ambystomids. I agree, it seems that whatever is already present in the soil has a buffering effect on waste while toweling or moss can go septic seemingly overnight. I change soil monthly and also remove visible feces while feeding.
 
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