My Newt ( Triturus marmoratus )

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Re: T. marmoratus question.

I feel it is time for a little update. My females are laying eggs on the elodea, the plastic egg laying strips and the tradescantia, but none are developing :( .
The male, who I decided merited a name ( Marmaduke) is still merrily courting the females, but his crest has not developed further. I think I may need to look for a new male :eek:
 

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This male has fertilised the eggs of our females and his crest hasn't got any bigger than this:



Maybe you don't need a new male after all. He's pretty big though. The first eggs weren't developing, but the second batch did.
 

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Last week I replaced all the egg laying strips and removed as many eggs as possible from the leaves, I felt it would be easier to see if there was any development in later laid eggs.
Last night, I saw Marmaduke courting one of the females, spermataphore was deposited and she picked one up :D
Today there is more egg laying going on...I feel she is getting fed up and is trying a new technique.
 

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Re: T. marmoratus question.

I always admire the sense of balance when I see newt girls laying eggs. And I usually laugh as well - the poses are hilarious :happy:
Hopefully the newer eggs will be fertile - good luck!
 

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This morning I removed another batch of eggs that where not appearing to be fertile....and look what I found. I can barely contain my excitement :bowl: Maybe I'll have at least one larvae :D
 

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Great news, Julia! Hope you can raise some lovely little newties from them.
 

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Today I found they had hatched, I had forgotten how tiny they are.
 

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Yesterday, while feeding the four tiny larvae, I noticed that one looked close to morphing. This morning the tiny one had. Hopefully the other three, which are bigger will soon follow. My first home grown T.marmoratus :D
 

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woo hoo! congrats :D
 

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Congrats! These have to be one of the most adorable juveniles in the caudate world.
 

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So very cute! Congrats!
 

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Finally my last little larvae decided that aquatic life was no longer fun. The first one morphed and trundled onto land the start of August. Not the greatest of breeding seasons for them, but its a start. Hopefully next year they will be far more successful :D
 

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Those are ridiculously beautiful, Julia, well done :)
 

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They are looking beautiful, Julia! I can't wait for mine to breed :happy:
 

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The little guys are growing so fast :D I think very soon they are going to need a new home. The four juveniles where joined by the midget adult( second picture) I hadn't realised that it was so small, or that my juveniles had grown so big, but there is little difference between them in size now. Last week one of the juveniles visited Ned's nursery class, the children where spectacularly disinterested, the parents however thought they where amazing :D
Meanwhile, during mid summer the adults had been spending more time on their floating island, so I set up a terrestrial tub out doors with a water bowl for them. I added the group to it and they all promptly hopped in to the water and didn't leave:( .
A few weeks ago I set up their aquatic tub in the shed and plonked the three adults in. The two females are looking rather well rounded and Marmaduke has been slowly developing his spiky little crest. Today I received another male, plus another little travelling companion . Once the new male decides to become aquatic, he will join the original group.
 

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I have just been stalking the marms :D...well, I was gazing at the size my females and marvelling at how big their bellies had gotten. I then looked to see how Marmaduke was doing with his crest and noticed that it has had a bit of a growth spurt. Finding the new male was less easy and then I spotted him lurking among the weed at the bottom. I then noticed little white dots nestled amongst the weeds...seems they think its time to be laying eggs. I am rather surprised as I have just looked at the water temperature and it was 6.1 degree Celsius. I am now hoping for a more fertile year from these guys :D
 

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