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Ambystoma maculatum ( Breeding and Larval Development)

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These are all growing at different rates, with some being more advanced than others. You can just about see the balancers on this one.
 

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My first larvae, plus one thinking that reversing out may be a good idea :eek:
 

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Unfortunately I lost the few larvae that hatched :(

I was looking on another forum today and saw a UK gentleman has just had eggs laid from his group. I hadn't expected mine to do anything for a couple of months, as my last lot where laid early April after a rather cold spell. This winter has been rather wet and mild with only a few slight frosts here so I wasn't really expecting to see anything at all. Today has been rather mild and it had just started to rain again, but I thought it was worth trundling out to the shed to see if they were up to anything. I didn't find any eggs, but I did see plenty of activity from them. One was hopping in and out of the water and the floor of their tub has scattered groups of spermatophore :) I now have all fingers and toes crossed for eggs :D
 

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After a rainy cold night, I found a small egg mass :D
 

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Day 8... and not much has changed. I have left the eggs in where they were laid this year. The water is maybe 8-10 degrees C.
 

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How did i not see this? Congrats Julia! Fingers crossed they are fertilized and they develop well. And even if they don´t, congratulations are still in order for a repeated success in getting them to lay!
 

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Thank you Rodrigo :) If I look really really closely at them, there may be some development, but after last years shenanigans I am trying to be less of an egg watcher this time ;)
 

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Day 12 and the eggs are changing shape.
 

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Yeeeeeeeesss!!
*happy developing embryo dance*

Take good care of those lovelies :)
 

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Day 19.
This evening I watched the larva gently turn within their eggs.... dinner was late :wacko:
 

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These are taking forever to grow :( Hopefully the temperatures rising towards the weekend, will encourage them to grow a little faster :).
Anyway, photo's of day 26, the water temperature was 5 degrees.
 

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Day 35 and the day time water temps are on average 11 degrees now. If I look really carefully I can see eyes, balancers and gills. I would think the first ones will hatch in the next few days. The pictures are not so clear now as they egg mass is looking a tad grubby and I can not get the camera to focus through to the larva. I took a few of the ones underneath today as they looked clearer, but the pictures came out distorted . All the larva, barr one or two all look well developed. Only one in the middle turned white , much like last years and one is only now looking to be developing.
 

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Today I spotted the first hatched larva :D Hatched on day 36, water temp was 12 degrees.
 

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I didn't Dawn, they all died quite early on. This time I am leaving most of them in the main tub as there looks like there is plenty of small food ready for them.
 
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