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RE: What is / are; this / these?

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Posted by: CKing at Thu Nov 5 11:05:56 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by CKing ]  
   

>>So i'm tearing up my deck getting ready to build a new one and i come across these two lizard looking things, one is obviously a newt or salamander what ever you want to call it, but the other one is Huge, almost 5 times larger , nearly the size of my hand all brown and likes to burry itself in the mud. i found some little white eggs nearby ( so far in three seperate piles ) to the small newt or salamander but i'm not sure if they are related. the eggs are small like salmon roe, but white-ish nearly completely transparent. if they are from the newt or salamander what should i do with them, they cant stay there the deck needs to be completely gone within the next two days. how do i care for them?
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Wow, quite a find. The small one is the Long-toed salamander and the big one is the Northwestern salamander, as Rust pointed out. Both spend the summer months hiding underground after laying eggs in the water (ponds or streams) in spring. The eggs you find are not salamander eggs. Salamander eggs have a transparent outside jelly envelop and an opaque spherical egg in the middle. Both salamanders can be kept in a terrestrial vivarium with a shallow water dish, preferably with a cover to keep the humidity high. They will feed on crickets and worms of suitable size. Do not release them into the wild until the rainy season starts. Right now the ground is still too hard and dry for them to dig a hole and they will die of dessication and overheating if left out in the open outside.


   

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