Ambystoma maculatum ( Breeding and Larval Development)

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I think it is called Baby's Tears (Soleirolia), I have a spot in my garden that it grows well in, so I just pull some up every now and then.
 

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Ah okay. I thought they kind of looked like Baby Tears. Thanks Julia.
 

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I'm really happy for you it's cool seeing salamanders develop!

last year I had the pleasure of getting my hands on someAmbystoma maculatum eggs
which I kept outside due to the fact it was allot warmer with the sun but alas they met
a sad end to a murderous squirrel.:(
 

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The juveniles are now developing their distinctive yellow spots. They prefer to hide under their water dish where the soil is damper, the stack of broken tiles is rarely used. I think I may now have about 10 larvae to morph still.
 

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It's such a joy to see those beautiful little salamanders huddled up :D I can see the bubble of pride around you from out here.
 

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Thanks you Rodrigo :) Compared to last year, these have been delightfully easy to raise. I now need to resist the urge to keep them all and start handing them over to their new homes.
 

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I thought it was time I counted the juveniles. I had started but slightly forgot to continue. So far 26 have morphed with maybe 5 stragglers left to go. I nearly missed one that was hiding submerged in their water bowl.
 

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It's been over 7 months (1/3/14) since the eggs where laid and I have at least two still as larvae. I had estimated that there was maybe 25 eggs in the mass, the total that morphed is 37. They have been amazing to raise.
 

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Nearly nine months after the eggs where laid, the last one has morphed. It had been leaping back into the water for over a week, as soon as I removed the lid. Tonight I just managed to capture it. As it still has tiny gill stubs I thought it best have access to shallow water.
 

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Congrats! 9 months, wow! I love these guys.

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This evening I ambled down to the shed and had a lovely surprise :D
I thought I had lost one of the group and despite giving their tub, what I thought was a thorough search I found no sign of it.... I checked it at least twice, removing all the leaves and hides. This evening I found all three in the water ;)
 

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It's almost too good to be true when that happens, isn't it? Three or four weeks after I sold a group of CB adult pyrrhos I was amazed when there was one extra at feeding time! I'd been raising a group of eight aquatic juveniles in with their parents and just got my sums wrong, advanced mathematics has never been my strong point, lol. He would have gone with the others most likely, but there were already more males than females in the group. As it turned out a few days later another site member posted pics of their widowed female pyrrho, so off he went to live with her!
All's well that ends better, I guess. :)
 
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This evening I ambled down to the shed and had a lovely surprise :D
I thought I had lost one of the group and despite giving their tub, what I thought was a thorough search I found no sign of it.... I checked it at least twice, removing all the leaves and hides. This evening I found all three in the water ;)

Great news!
 

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I'm definitely late on this thread, but I enjoyed reading through the whole process. Congrats Julia!!
 
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