Fire Salamander Cannibalism

John

Founder
Staff member
Joined
Feb 6, 2001
Messages
8,025
Reaction score
184
Points
63
Age
43
Location
USA
Country
Ireland
Display Name
John Clare
As you may or may not know, I've kept fire salamanders on and off since 2001. A few days ago I put 2 nice metamorph Salamandra s. gallaica "Serra de Arrábida" into a growing tub with 2 gallaica "Coimbra" from late last year. There wasn't a huge size difference. At the time I thought one of the Coimbra was eyeing one the metamorphs strangely. Well now, 3 days later at feeding time, I found 2 very plump Coimbra and zero Serra de Arrábida. Whoops. I had never observed this behaviour before. Lesson learned...
Posted via Mobile Device
 

Chinadog

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
May 8, 2013
Messages
2,685
Reaction score
67
Points
48
Location
Chesterfield, England
Country
England
Oh dear, I feel your pain! That's a sad loss at the best of times, but even worse now there's no more imports from foreign breeders.
 

Tony89

New member
Joined
Jan 4, 2018
Messages
22
Reaction score
2
Points
3
Location
Nicosia, Cyprus
Country
Cyprus
Same thing ALMOST happened to me! I decided to mix together some 3-4 week old morphs from Coimbra and Sintra until I prepare their rearing tubs and the loam dries appropriately. The Coimbra babies instantly showed a lot of interest to the others from Sintra and started hunting them or trying to attack etc. Just like their parents they're really aggressive feeders :rolleyes:
 

John

Founder
Staff member
Joined
Feb 6, 2001
Messages
8,025
Reaction score
184
Points
63
Age
43
Location
USA
Country
Ireland
Display Name
John Clare
Yes it was quite disturbing!
Posted via Mobile Device
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
    Pepper0210: Me too. Lol +1
    Top