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RE: ID this waterdog?

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Posted by: Redmoon at Fri May 2 23:09:18 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Redmoon ]  
   

Thanks for the help! I'm familiar with the typical swollen cloaca of male newts & salamanders, but these things really look like they have testicles hanging, not even a hemipenal bulge.

I found out that they came from Texas. Can't get more information from the wholesaler than that, unfortunately.

Would the fact that two of them that I've seen now have these swollen cloacas imply that they might be from a neotenic locality? I've been reading that certain groups of these are neotenic, and I'd like to think that maybe it's these guys here. On the other hand, it also makes me think that maybe rather than being neotenic, they getting close to metamorphosizing. Any ideas?

thanks again,
Ronnie


   

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