D. ensatus won't eat

Msteffen

New member
Joined
Sep 30, 2009
Messages
20
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Country
United States
Early last month i collected an adult metamorphsed D. ensatus. It was originally going to be a preserved specimen in the lab I work in(we do evolutionary biology of salamanders), but I didn't have the heart to do the deed, so now I am trying to keep the salamander as a pet. Honestly though, a preserved specimen is still going to be its final fate, however, I want that to come about naturally.

My problem is, the salamander doesn't seem to be interested in eating anything. So far i've tried crickets, earthworms, and feeding it salamanders(Desmognathus). The the only thing it shows the tiniest bit of interest towards in is earthworms once in awhile, and by interest i mean some times it looks at the worm for a second, and has snapped at it a couple times. These snaps didn't seem very predatory, and more like a pissed off movement.

I was planning on trying to give it a pinkie today but the only store i know of that sells alive pinkies in my area is now closed apparently. I should be able to get a live pinkies next week to try though. I am also planning on trying waxworms at some point. I may also try and see if it would maybe additional species of salamanders.

Anyone got any recommendations? I've tried the dangling of a worm in front of it(this is the only time I get a half hearted response). The set up i have for it is a 20 gallon long with some nice hiding spots which she takes advantage of.

Thanks,
Mike
 

Neotenic_Jaymes

Active member
Joined
Oct 28, 2007
Messages
971
Reaction score
39
Points
28
Location
Detroit
Country
United States
I'm certain you know how to keep and maintain this species of salamander. Especially if you're in the habitats of the D. ensatus. I have no experience with D. ensatus but I do have a few D. tenebrosus. Though mine are gilled they transitioned very well. A friend of mine has morphed adults and he never had any problems with feeding. His even bite him.

Could be stressed and just needs time. A healthy salamander can go weeks without eating and still be ok.
 

Msteffen

New member
Joined
Sep 30, 2009
Messages
20
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Country
United States
Well, after trying earthworms, crickets, a pinky, and crickets again, the salamander is finally eating.

Seems like stress and a shrinking stomach were the key.

Mike
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • Chat Bot:
    MelissaKenyon has joined the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • bearbear_13:
    I posted a thread about my axolotl if anyone is able to help me out!
    +1
    Unlike
  • bearbear_13:
    She’s not eating, her tail and gills have shrunk, she’s lot a lot of weight, and we’ve checked her water levels with no negative results
    +1
    Unlike
  • bearbear_13:
    ^ axie owner advised me to get some IAL, I’m working on sourcing some for my baby.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    wendtdale has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • bearbear_13:
    Would fish medicine made from IAL be alright or are leaves more ideal?
    +2
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    Dustinaguilar has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • ChloeAnna:
    So, what sex do we think my lil Mew is?
    +1
    Unlike
  • ChloeAnna:
    I have no idea what I’m doing 🤦🏼‍♀️ I don’t know how to work this website 😅 sorry, ignore the last message 🤦🏼‍♀️
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    liz. has joined the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    liz. has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    man
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    i really want marbled newts but lately the expos have been cancled last minute because of dumb covid stuff
    +1
    Unlike
  • Ax0lot:
    Hey does anyone know why my axolotls mouth is stuck open? Been like that for a few weeks and when I tested water everything was fine
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    you should probably take it to the vet
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    so that dumb salamander state to state import bill didnt pass i take it right
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    havent heard news about it in a good while
    +1
    Unlike
  • wnorman293:
    Hi, how do you delete a post?
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    you dont
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    just kidding but i think there should be an option for it on your profile mabye
    +1
    Unlike
  • ipsoslolly:
    Hi guys my axolotl has not used his back legs since late Tuesday night,is this normal . He back half keeps floating up the way
    +1
    Unlike
  • blubford:
    that doesnt sound good
    +1
    Unlike
  • bearbear_13:
    Is it normal for my axie to eat every day? He’s overly hungry 😛
    +1
    Unlike
  • Dr. Phil:
    I'm new here but do I detect a bit of sarcasm in these comments? Ya'll sound like a fine bunch to me!
    +1
    Unlike
  • axolotl nerd:
    oh yes we’re all very sarcastic
    +1
    Unlike
    axolotl nerd: oh yes we’re all very sarcastic +1
    Top