From what I have read, for the parasite in question to reproduce it needs more than one host species. So, the parasite babies infect the gammarus and alter their behavior by making them swim towards the surface of water (as opposed to hiding in bottom muck or plants) where the scuds are then eaten by waterfowl. Its in the digest tract of the birds that the parasite can complete its life cycle, and the birds poop out more baby parasites that in turn will go on to infect scuds, that will then be eaten by birds, and on and on.
So, if you want to catch wild scuds and begin culturing them, they should be parasite free after the first generation all dies out as long as the culture never comes in contact with ducks that will poop in it. But you will need a bit of patience to wait for that first generation to all die out and only be left with subsequent generations - I have read that a single scud may be able to live for as long as a year.
@sde, hi everybody I'm getting a tiger salamander coming from Katy Texas what are the shipping conditions that's okay to have them shipped to me in the state of Vermont it's just starting to get the temperature low above 45 but it may be too hot to ship him any thoughts or ideas on how to work this out
I currently have a 3 year old axolotl, he hasn't been eating for the past couple of weeks and has lost a lot of weight. Hedwig usually eats bloodworms and earthworms just fine but now he won't even stud it. I've done a water change to make his nitrate lower and his water is at a good temperature
Hey guys I was wondering if my axolotl looks fine to you he/she (still don’t know) I’d activate and eating as usual but I did notice veins in the tail area.. let me know what you guys think! Also if anyone could tell if it’s a boy or girl that would be great! (Zolo was eating a worm and pretty sure the worm pooped XD)