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

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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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