Any tips for a beginner??

Cam_Mears

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I have 2 spotted Salamanders and this is my first time taking care of amphibians. I’ve already had reptiles before but taking care of them versus an amphibian is very different. So far I have a 15 gal terrarium w 3 inches of potting soil and then another inch of coconut husk and some leaf litter on one half of the terrarium as well as a small water bowl. I also have a live plant as well as some live moss along w a piece of bark and a partially buried Half log for hides. One of the salamanders is 4 1/2- 5 inches long and I’ve put some nightcrawlers as well as some smaller red worms in the cage for him. However, he doesn’t really EVER move (even at night) and I’ve never seen any evidence that he’s eaten. I’m beginning to get seriously worried. He recently was shedding but you’d think that after burning that much energy that he would be ecstatic to eat something, however that’s not the case. They’re both wild caught so I’m worried that he’ll just end up refusing to eat in general ( which sometimes happens with wild caught specimens) and starve. Also, my second salamander is a much smaller 2-2 1/2 inch spotted and ive been trying to get him to eat smaller moving pieces of the red worms however he won’t. What should I feed him??? Any responses are greatly appreciated!!
 
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Red worms when cut emit a fowl smelling odor that make them unappetizing for almost all animals, try crickets. Maybe try hand feeding the bigger one a full red worm or a cut nightcrawler. That way you can see that he eats and you know he eats if he’s not foraging for them. My only concern and I’m semi-new so I may be wrong, but the potting soil maybe to acidic. This could be affecting the appetite. Organic topsoil works well as a ph balanced soil and is also cheap. Best of luck, JaceW/LiferLog
 
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    As long as its cleaned yeah! You can even make overhangs if you have enough pieces to make nice caves and platforms
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  • Mark.H:
    Ok, thanks!
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  • MVM1991:
    My pleasure! River rocks work well too, and go rather well with all kinda lung less salamanders,
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  • Mark.H:
    Great! I'll use some of those too. Thanks for the help. :)
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  • Tinky:
    So everywhere talks about testing your water parameters but I can't find what to do it there aren't right?! Like too low not too high, anybody any ideas?
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  • jnerdx:
    It’s very dry in Colorado. I make sure to spritz every night so while I’m sleeping. I have a nifty hydrometer that I got from Walmart. It tells me blue, green, red; too little humid, good, too much respectively. It’s been helpful to me.
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    It tells me temperature AND humidity.
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    Where'd you get that? Or is it just a combo from petsmart or something?
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    I’m pretty sure I got it at a Walmart.
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  • jnerdx:
    I just looked it up to see if I can find it again. It’s actually a hyGROmeter and temperature. Which measures the dew point. Here is the difference between due point and humidity. https://www.weather.gov/arx/why_dewpoint_vs_humidityYou can calculate Th relative
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    the relative humidity using the dew point measurement.
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    Here is the product I purchased:
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    it has a stand. And I had a spare suction from my filter. So it’s on the wall of my Sal’s enclosure.
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    That’s a pic of it in the enclosure.
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    Nice! Also, from what I can see you have an amazing setup! What species?
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    S. S. Gigliolli
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    Ooo nice!
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    Thank you! I tried to share the video but unsuccessful. You can see it on my IG story @jnerdx
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    Cool! I just have a tiger and a long tail, who we are trying to find as he ESCAPED INTO MY ROOM!
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    What would be the best thing to do ?
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