Sierra Nevada Salamander
We found this guy on the walkway of my sisters house. We IDed it as a Sierra Nevada Salamander (Ensatina Eschscholtzii Platensis). I know plenty about fish but nothing about salamanders. I just threw together a 10 gallon with some gravel I had to put him in. But I would like some suggestions as far as substrate and decor that would be a more suitable habitat. What should I use for substrate? Should I use some kind of soil with mulch over it?
Here's some pics.
you just threw together that tank? it looks fantastic.
i know nothing about your new discovery but he/she is cute.
I know nothing about them either but what a cool looking creature!
What do they eat? Bugs??
they eat blackworms, daphnia, mosquito larve, tadpoles, that type of stuff.
Dont use soil fron the garden, its full of parasites, use soil free of fertilizers and chemicals
that you can buy at your local petco. IMO gravel is enough.
oh its a salamander, in that case a terrarium is better. Set up a woodlant type vivarium with moss and with a dish bowl.
That set up is for newts. salamanders eat insects.
Thanks for sharing these photos. I love salamanders and used to find them after a good rain, hiding in puddles that would form in folds of a tarp that covered hay bales on our farm. I've always assumed they eat bugs, just like frogs and toads. You sure have created a beautiful home for him.
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