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chris

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what kind of areas are best for finding night crawlers or earthworm? i've looked under logs, dug in various areas and still no sign. any ideas or tips out there?
 
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joan

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Wait for rain and then go anywhere... Or you can make your own worm paradise by watering one spot in your yard on a daily basis. They'll come to the surface.

Personally, I buy all my worms at walmart.
 
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chris

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yeah i just went to wally-world and they had 24 nightcrawlers for $2.73. so i just bought some.
 
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joan

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I just got back about 10 minutes ago. I bought 2. And some gatorade... The guy at the checkout gave me a funny look, so I explained "it's for my animals", and he was like "the worms or the gatorade?" I chuckled.

Then I went to Home Depot and stocked up on organic top soil before they stop stocking it for the summer.

(Message edited by Joan on September 06, 2005)
 
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jeffrey

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I personally have to harvest worms in heavy rain storms. I don't have a garden of my own to dig in, sometimes this can leave me with lengthy worm free periods.

To counteract this as best I can I mix some garden soil from a friends garden in with organic top soil and store worms in there. I add calcium and vitamin supplement to the mix too.

This has proved effective and I have even found small worms I have not harvested myself at times, quite handy for juveniles and advanced larvae.
 
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chris

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i wish it would rain soon. i would love to harvest some so i'd have extras.
 
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kari

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Another good way to get earthworms is to invest in a compost heap for kitchen vegetable waste (preferably a plastic type with a lid and open bottom to allow worm access). Its good for the environment as it reduces waste going to landfill and provides good stuff to put on your garden. It also provides a large number of organic worms. I agree that putting eggshells in helps raise the calcium levels in the earth worms. I have a large readily available supply of worms for my axie and he loves them. It also stops me having to search for them! I just lift the lid and there are always loads on the lid and on the top of the heap. Only put stuff that hasnt been in contact with chemicals ie fertilizer/weedkiller/pesticide in there. My garden is 100% organic anyway as I use no chemicals, so everything is safe to go in there. Failing that do you have any neighbours who already have compost heaps that they would let you raid for worms? That way they are free!
 
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Hey, my yellow spotted salamander has gotten a bit fat, he doesnt wanna move too much, and I notice he lays with his back legs flat out in front of him, but keeps his chest off the ground with his front legs. He CAN use his back legs to move around, but Im a little concerned about his back legs being flat out like that, and Im wondering snce he doesnt do a whole lot, will he lose function of his back legs? Kinda like a human would if they never used them? Also what is a slamander poop suppsoed to look like? I was told to spot clean poops and pees but after 4 months of feeding him and having him I havent ever seen a single thing I can identify s a poop...
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  • FragileCorpse:
    ...other than these little oblong shaped bits of dirt thats compacted together, I figure those must be poops because how else is the dirt getting compacted into an oblong shape like that? And he tends to roll those to his front entryway of his rock cave for me to move them away from the entrance. Are those poops? Mine will ONLY eat sal bugs. otherwise known as potato bugs, roly polys, etc. Hes never struck at anything else ive given him. Are the roly polys even enough nutrients for him? Ive captured like 400 of them for the winter months.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    When i lay a roly poly a bit far away from him, he WILLuse his back legs to come out, so he IS using them sometimes, its just concerning to see him with his legs flat out like that. Is that just normal for them?
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  • FragileCorpse:
    *also actually unsure of his sex, if the sex of the salamander means anything in this instance, I as told females are bigger and fatter, so I assume it might be a female tbh.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Please let me know if amyone knows amything, as I can not get adequate info anywhere else.
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  • SamAxolotl:
    @FragileCorpse, the chat room is a good way to get some basic answers. if you're looking for more detailed answers, go to caudata.org home page and then scroll down to newt and salamander help. I think you might be able to get some more answers from there from people with experience with newts/ salamanders specifically. you could probably also contact a breeder and see if they have advice for you. Some vets also have info on exotic animals as well. local wildlife centers/ rehab facilities/ rescues may also be a good resource to look into. hope your little guy feels better soon!
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  • FragileCorpse:
    I cant contact the vet or facilities because they keep trying to take my salamander and fine me cuz i dont have a permit. however i foudn him outside dying and nursed him back to health. So I need to be discreet about getting info. However, if anything actually becomes wrong with him, in order to save him I will have to surrender him to a vet. But thanks for the info I appreciate that
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  • FragileCorpse:
    We are about to be slammed by a category 4 hurricane. I need you guys to tell me how to saf ely transport my salamander. What kind of mobile go-terrarium can I make for him??? Can it be a plastic tote full of eco earth (cocount husk) and maybe his hidey rock and I can keep a spray bottle to keep him moist??? wtf do I do???? I have a bunch of his bugs in plastic containers thankfully so I can bring them with us. But he hates vibrations, trying to bring him out in a car or something is gonna be scary. Can these guys die of fright like a guinea pig can kind of deal???
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Maybe I should just go literally buy a smaller more mobile terrarium? Hes in a giant glass beast right now.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Man I wish I had more than one day to plan!!! My house wont even survive this!
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  • SamAxolotl:
    @FragileCorpse, I think a plastic tub would be fine along with a spray bottle to keep it humid (I've seen a lot of people keep reptiles etc in plastic tubs their whole lives happily) Not sure about the fear/ shock aspect, but maybe bring a towel or blanket to put over the tote (if it's a clear tote, that is) as well to keep it dark for him so he doesn't get spooked by so much movement that will be going on. I've used that for other animals and it seems to be effective for keeping them calm. See if you can get your hands on some earthworms for food. they're nutritionally dense and it looks like that's one of the main things your salamander would be fed in captivity. Crickets were another suggestion for food as well. praying you all stay safe!
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    SamAxolotl: @FragileCorpse, I think a plastic tub would be fine along with a spray bottle to keep it humid... +1
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