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Eastern Newts - Notophthalmus viridescens
June 16, 2013
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Great work Thomas :) Thanks for the updates. I had the opportunity to observe the courtship of Lissotriton vulgaris in my parents garden pond a couple of days ago. Very fascinating creatures.

June 17, 2013
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Would love to keep european species, but the regulations let me take my hands off from them. Ok, at Triturus marmoratus or pygmaeus I could imagine to do an exception...Smile

June 23, 2013
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The next step. The seam of the biggest larvae begins to reduce. On the back you can see the small red dots, it goes more and more in direction terrestrial life.The larvae is about 30 mm.

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June 27, 2013
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And out!

First self-made eastern newt Cool

 

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June 27, 2013
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Brilliant. Laugh Do they remain semi-aquatic for a while or go fully terrestrial now?

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June 27, 2013
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Fully terrestrial, next bath in 2015.... that's one of the difficulties by this species - they need many small food for a long time. Hope that micro crickets fit...

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If I measure correctly, 32 mm.

 

 

July 1, 2013
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After five days It seems it works well.

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He's eating springtails and today I've noticed the first skinning.

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Cheers,

Thomas

 

July 8, 2013
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yes, they are small. Small or tiny...

The pic were taken after two days at land.

 

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Yesterday the third leave the water, and the first is nearly two weeks at land. So far all works well.

 

Cheers,

Thomas

July 8, 2013
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Well done!

July 8, 2013
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I've really enjoyed this excellent thread...

July 11, 2013
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Thanks!

 

Since two weeks at land. It has unusual amount of red dots, on the left side looks a bit like a second row.

 

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July 11, 2013
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Looking great Thomas. :-)

What kind and size of tank/bucket are you keeping them in?

If you must insist on living in a box ...... at least do your thinking outside.
July 12, 2013
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Hi Rüdiger,

they are sitting in a 20x12 cm Faunabox. Not sure how many I put in there... this works fine for the first months.

July 18, 2013
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Climbing after drosophila

 

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He meant it's a good idea leaving the water with only 25 mm / 0,98 inch

 

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July 21, 2013
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a short look under the moss - five new youngster. The dwarf from above is one of them but I'm not sure who.

 

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A few pics of the oldest (after 3 weeks at land)

 

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And the parents, what they look like currently

 

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August 27, 2013
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Update

 

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January 7, 2014
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In the cellar the temperature was 12°C and the adults start to getting active, so I end the overwintering and take them back into the fish room.

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Now I have started the water adaption. hope all works well like last year.

 

January 10, 2014
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That was quick, first male is starting to put on the wedding suit. Note the dark tiptoes at the hind limbs.

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January 11, 2014
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Is this early for them Thomas or same as last time?

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January 11, 2014
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Yes, last year it goes from mid of december till mid of march (12 weeks), this year it began in mid of november and ceased in the beginning of january (7 weeks)
While the 12 weeks last year there were times where the temperature was round about 13°C and the newts were very active. This doesn't happens this year.

 

Both males are now in water, and the female in an extra tank seems to do it the same...:)

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