Question: Tiger salamander Metamorphosis!

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Toothless is finally started to morph! In just a few days, his gills have started to shrink and his caudal fin is almost gone entirely! But I had heard that they don’t eat when changing, yet Toothless’s appetite is as ravenous as ever! Is this something I should be concerned about?
 

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It's going to be quick !
I'm looking forward to seeing his 'new look'. Don't worry about his appetite, I have had some that have kept eating all the way through.
If you haven't already done so, I'd drop the water level down to maybe a couple of inches and have somewhere he can haul out onto. It's time to set up his terrestrial set up :)
 

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Just a few pics on what he looks like now! Gills are almost completely gone but no sign of colors yet! Tank looks a little messy because I just fed him and haven’t had a chance to vacuum out the extra today.
 

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Toothless has almost entirely lost his gills but refuses to move onto land even though he has been gulping at the surface every few minutes. He’s starting to float a little from all the gulping, should I be worried?
 

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I would lower the water to 4 or 5 inches now. You'll find he'll poke his head above water for longer periods of time. He'll haul himself out onto land when he's ready :)
 

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Toothless finally came out of the water! I ran out of bloodworms today, so I instead put a few crickets on the turtle dock and Toothless came waddling all the way out, gobbled up the crickets, and then flopped back into the water. His gills are just small bumps now
 

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No more gills! He spent an hour on the turtle dock today and breathes only air, but continues to spend most of his time under water.
 

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Woke up to find my boy out of the water. He jumped back in after I turned the light on but I saw him sitting out!
 

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Wow! What a great thing to watch. I'll be keeping my eye out for updates :D
 

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First signs of color! If you look at his back, you can see some yellow and black mottling coming in
 

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After lowering the water level to only four or five inches deep, Toothless has climbed on top of the sponge filter and has been breathing only air for hours!
 

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Development continues! There is no longer a sign of gills, he completely resembles no adult tiger salamander except for color. Although, his eyes have turned amber!! He still prefers to spend his time in the water though. I have no idea when I should transfer him into the terrestrial tank.
 

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He continues to explore the world out of the water a little more each day
 

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Land dwelling! But I still don’t feel confident in keeping him terrestrial 100% of the time
 

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Beginning to transition him to a terrestrial tank! Have him in a tub of moist moss at the moment.
 

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He has been living his new home! He spends the majority of his time underground, but pops up every once in a while to soak in the water bowl before retreating back underground.
 

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Now that he is out of the water, development is slowing. Little cutie still isn’t eating much, but his colors are coming in!
 

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He certainly doesn’t understand that to be hiding, his body needs to be buried as well.
 

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This little guy still has a lot of growing to do before I can keep him with Salaman Grundy without worrying she will eat him. Even though Toothless is big, Salaman is around a foot long at this point!
 

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Toothless is ever growing! And now his colors are finally starting to come in!
 

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