Surprising as it maybe, they are beyond well in adjusting to new temperatures and environment. I expected a few deaths within days from arrival as it is well known that they die fairly quickly.
The shipment came with three sick ones, one of which have neurological problems from resulting of capture (may have been squeezed very hard). The rest seem to have an infections that maybe caused from the stress of capture and shipment and with resulting low immune system it has wreck them. They have settle and seem to have a good road of recovery. After reading hundreds of literature, these infections maybe caused by a unknown virus, so this is an interesting investigating to experience.
The rest are doing just great, I see some going through the leaf litter eating worms and hiding when I brush some leafs off to see if any have surface for potential health problems.
I am excited to see if my largest female maybe gravid. Their is a high possibility of that as gravid females give birth in the next few months.
Here's my female Herpele squalostoma. She is looking terrific! Just took these pictures today as I was browsing through the litter I notice she was on the hunt for worms. I hope to have a few offsprings from her anyday. She looks plump around the abdomen so it's a good sign indeed!
Most impressive.I love caecilians. Could I ask a few questions??? What type of soil are you using and what temp do you keep them. I hear for some types loamy soil is best. I also hear that some Old world species dnt like it very wet at all. Also did you seed their enclosure with worms or do you just feed as needed. Would you use spring water, aged tap, or delorinated water like one would for fish??? I ask these questions because I too am interested in observing these wonderfully secretive little creatures. I have kept natans and the camroons.I would like to get a few New World and Old World species. The one you have get relativly large I think. I plan to purchase he reproduction book i found on amazon for 120.00 I wish you the best luck with your project.