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  • in reply to: Eastern Newts – Notophthalmus viridescens #353045

    Jrp
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    I had some great luck this weekend in finding eastern newts for the first time in the wild. I was checking out some vernal pools in a local state park and found adults and tadpoles along with huge numbers of wood frog tadpoles, American toad eggs (and spawning adults) and what I think are spotted salamander eggs. I had checked these pools out many times over the years but this is the first time I have seen newts. The bottom of both pools are covered with fallen leaves so I can see how I missed them. They blended in well with the background and had plenty of places to hide. Now I can check back over the summer and hopefully will be able to find some red efts. Laugh

    in reply to: Marbled salamander – Ambystom opacum #352098

    Jrp
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    Those are very attractive. This is yet another local species that I have yet to see in  the wild.Confused

    in reply to: Homaloptera confuzona, questions #351120

    Jrp
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    I do have UV sterilizers on the two tanks that have had the longest living hillstreams so that is probably a factor.

    in reply to: Sewellia speciosa spawn with lineolata the proof #351106

    Jrp
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    That’s very interesting. I have wondered when this would happen to someone. I have expected lineolata and Sp01 hybrids.

    Can you get pics of the fry for us?

    in reply to: Homaloptera confuzona, questions #351049

    Jrp
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    Just to give my input on lifespan of some hillstream species. In my experience most do seem to live in the 6-8 year range but I have had a few surpass that. I had a Gastromyzon Ocellatus live 9 years and a Gastromyzon ctenocephalus live 10 years. Both were about an inch long when I purchased them in 2002. Presently, I have a Beaufortia kweichowensis and a Sinogastromyzon wui that I have had for 12 years. They were 2 inches long when I purchased them so I have no idea how old they are.

    in reply to: Eastern Newts – Notophthalmus viridescens #350751

    Jrp
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    Congratulations!!

    in reply to: Fire salamander – Salamandra salamandra #350681

    Jrp
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    That’s a very handsome species!

    in reply to: Eastern Newts – Notophthalmus viridescens #350658

    Jrp
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    I hope they do well. Keep us posted.

    I found some vernal pools and lakes in the local forests but have yet to find any of these newts or even any other salamanders as they prepare to spawn. I did see and hear many wood frogs though.

    Here is a pic of a salamander I found last summer in the swimming pool. We had a severe drought and I suspect it was looking for water. Unfortunately, it died a few hours later. Probably from exposure to the chlorine level in the pool. 

    This is the Cave salamander (Eurycea lucifuga). Its quite a beautiful species. This was the first time I had seen one.

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    in reply to: Eastern Newts – Notophthalmus viridescens #350458

    Jrp
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    Yes, that’s the one I used to find in pet stores. N. viridescens viridescens is the one that lives in my area. I plan on doing a little searching in my area after the weather warms up to see if I can find them in the wild.

    in reply to: Eastern Newts – Notophthalmus viridescens #350456

    Jrp
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    Very nice!!

    There are local variations in the red markings of this species The ones I used to be able to get had broken red horizontal stripes and elongated spots along the dorsal surface instead of round spots.

    in reply to: Eastern Newts – Notophthalmus viridescens #350391

    Jrp
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    Yes, its found in the eastern US and southern Canada.

     

     

    in reply to: Eastern Newts – Notophthalmus viridescens #350378

    Jrp
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    Very nice newts!

    I used to keep this species years ago, but they are not available here now since they are a native species.

    Oddly, I have never seen the adults or red eft stage in the wild, though. I know the local universities have collected them in the area. I guess I just don’t know where to look.

    in reply to: Liniparhomaloptera disparis #350172

    Jrp
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    Congratulations!

     

    in reply to: Few new hillstreams #349854

    Jrp
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    Very nice! Viriosus is one of my favorite hillstreams although I seldom see them. I have never seen Hypergastromyzon at all, but am always looking for them in shipments of gastros.

    I agree the UV sterilizer is a good idea with such fish. I have them on two of my river tanks.

    in reply to: Sewellia fry #348794

    Jrp
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    Congratulations, plaamoo!

    I have two approaching that size but have yet to see any spawning type behavior. I’ll keep watching them.

    To mikev:

    It will be interesting to see what that grows up to be. At the rate they grow, it may take awhile to find out.

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