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 Does anyone have any care info for giant salamanders?

ive had a few newts and salamanders but never a giant and my local exotics store has got some in im thinking of getting one but need some care info like what tank size mostly water with a little land so if anyone has any tips they would be much appreciated, dylan



10/07/11  12:56pm

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 Does anyone have any care info for giant salamanders?

Your going to need a good sized tank as pacific giant salamanders can get very big, up to 14". The cage setup depends, is it still an aquatic larvae or has is metamorphosed to terrestrial? Or if its a neotonic adult thats a whole other story if you want to keep it neotonic. They will eat crickets, mealworms, nightcrawlers, waxworms, roaches, mice, slugs just about anything they can fit in their mouth. Feed it mainly on crickets, nightcrawlers and slugs becuase mice, waxworms and mealworms are very high in fat. If it is terrestrial it just needs a normal salamander setup with an extra large water dish so it can still submerge itself in water if it needs to. if it is an aquatic larvae that you want to metamorph into a terrestrial adult you will need a tank that is about 3/4 water and 1/4 land and once it metamorph’s you will change it to a terrestrial setup. However if you want it to stay aquatic you will need to have constantly moving, clean, cold water so it doesnt feel the need to change. If the water isnt cool enough or gets dirty or doesnt have enough rocks and such to hide under it will feel threatened and change to a terrestrial adult. You will want to get rocks for the substrate because they come from very cold mountain streams or rivers will rock beds and lots of large rocks and leaf litter to hide under. Check out this link: http://www.californiaherps.com/salamanders/pages/d.tenebrosus.html. It will tell you much more about them, I think this post is already long enough.



12/06/11  02:45am


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