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PostSubject: Blue-tailed Fire-bellied Newts   Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:16 pm

I got a pair of Blue-tailed Fire-bellied Newts from Joshua Wiegert (Batfish Aquatics) when he came down to speak at the Raleigh club meeting in Aug.   He said these are one of very few newt/salamander species that can live at room-temp year round and still breed (most others including our local red-spotted newts need a winter chill to breed).  He wasn't kidding.  A month later I have ~ 20 hatchlings and ~ 15 more eggs developing.  They live in a 3-gal critter-keeper tank on my kitchen table.  Temp is mid-70s to low-80s.  Here's some pix of eggs and larvae taken with my Veho digital microscope (basically a web-cam with a magnifying lens, about $40).  See link below for more info and pix of adults. Mine are hatching in about 10 days; much quicker than the development time reported in the caudata article. Link:  http://www.caudata.org/cc/species/Cynops/C_cyanurus.shtml  

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