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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2010, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Sierra Nevada Salamander

Hey guys,
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?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-07-2010, 07:31 AM
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you just threw together that tank? it looks fantastic.

i know nothing about your new discovery but he/she is cute.

good luck.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-07-2010, 11:02 AM
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I know nothing about them either but what a cool looking creature!
What do they eat? Bugs??

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-07-2010, 07:15 PM
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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.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-07-2010, 07:18 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-07-2010, 09:20 PM
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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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