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Hello everyone, just thought I would share what I found this morning. I cleaned my Eurycea cirrigera tank a few weeks ago and didn't see any eggs but then this morning I saw a small white object wiggling around. Turns out one of my females had laid a clutch and they were just starting to hatch this morning.

I wasn't expecting any eggs from them for another month or two but I guess they decided to go a bit earlier, I'm also quite sure another female is holding some eggs. Well here are some pictures, I'll make sure to track their development.







I removed all the adults and tried to put the eggs back in a hanging position.

 

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Congrats! That's totally awesome!

I'm so envious of you right now! I love Eurycea species and I really miss mine old pair. They really are one of the cutest creatures on the planet! In what conditions do you keep yours?

I might be interested in some captive bred sallies if yours hatch out alright. Eurycea seems to be one of the few legal to keep salamander genera here in Washington ;)

John
 

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Thanks guys!

I have my 3.3 group set up in a 10 gallon tank. I stack a few rocks over a small pump to generate some moving water and to create plenty of hiding places and there is a land area at one end of the tank with chunks of moss that they can easily hide under. There are also rocks slightly stacked in the water to provide egg laying sites. The gravel and rocks I use are from where I originally collected the salamanders, many believe this is almost necessary for breeding wild caught salamanders and it seems to have helped here.

Most of the year they are kept in the basement but I moved them to the garage in late September for lower temperatures and slowly reduced the photo period. They are fed D. hydei, bean weevils, flour beetle larvae, and occasionally small crickets and roach nymphs. I dust most of the feedings with Repashy Calcium Plus and alternate between Vitamin A Plus and Superpig and will occasionally use Herptivite and Rep-cal.

Also, last night I saw a few males chasing around a female full of eggs, she was running up the glass! So, hopefully there will be another clutch pretty soon!

I'll try and get some pictures of the tank up in a few days.

And John I will definitely keep that in mind.
 

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I just remembered I took a picture of the female I saw yesterday that is holding eggs. Also here is a picture of one of my males with his cirri extended, he's by far one of my brightest colored.



 

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I have seen at least 5 free swimming larvae and I was finally able to get a somewhat decent picture of one, these guys are just unbelievably small. I am currently feeding them microworms, walter worms, and whatever microinverts were in the pond water I collected.

Today I looked around in the other tank and the gravid female is still holding the eggs, so hopefully there will be more movement in a few weeks.

 

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I love newts unfortunately in Oregon we are not allowed to legally own them or toads =( and we can't keep the native ones or salamanders either, even though they are everywhere. Gotta love regulations that are so complex that even the fish and wildlife get confused lol.
 

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Over the weekend I was checking up on the tank that I moved the adult group to and found at least 20 free swimming larvae. I will try and get some more photos up soon.

The first group of larvae seem to be doing well and feeding on the Micro and Walter worms.
 

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I found this big guy a few weeks ago while cleaning out the breeders tank. I thought I had removed all the larvae when I had last cleaned the tank but I guess I must have missed one. It is much larger than the other groups. My only guess is that it has been eating whatever prey I added to the tank for the adults that just fell into the water. But it is at least 2 to 3 times larger than the largest one in the other groups.



 

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Update...

I have one larva close to morphing and three other much smaller ones.

Just checked the tank for eggs yesterday, didn't find any but I did see this happy sight..




Also FYI, this 2:2 group and their offspring will be available within the next month or so as I will be moving and won't be able to take any animals. PM for details.
 

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wow...what temperature have you been keeping them at? always wanted to try setting up a seepage tank w a colony of such creatures
 

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I have just been keeping them in my garage, so probably 5-10F higher than the natural temperatures in Georgia. In my experience however, the photo period is far more important than the temperature. But a cooling period is definitely helpful.
 

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Oh that sucks. I don't typically treat my water, just transfer from faucet to a holding container and let sit a few days before adding to any tanks.
 
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