P. waltl mating ball

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Wonder if this ever occurs in nature.

Poor girl! Its amazing how much variation your group shows, Pleurodeles are actually quite attractive newts in some phases. How big are they?
 

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They're about 6 inches, maybe, and their tails are wide. Yes, they vary in color. They are like beautiful granite.

If people are interested, I have six, and they have three different (US) sources.
 

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Well, looks like at least three are males!

A lot of waltl have been imported lately. Good that the gene pool even in the US is going to be fairly large. Here's hoping you get lots of eggs!
 

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Wonder if this ever occurs in nature.
I have a photography book about frogs, and it showed a female toad with four or five males surrounding it like that. It said often they drown while the males are fighting over it.
 

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This mating balls are relatively common in manny amphibian species.... and last week I found a mating ball with two different species mixed together : Bufo calamit in the middle and Pelobates cultripes around them.
 
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I was asking specifically in regards to Pleurodeles waltl.
 
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