Re: NANFA-L-- Red Spotted Newts

Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Red Spotted Newts
Date: Fri Nov 12 2004 - 14:58:58 CST

thanks Joshua for sharing experience and info...
perhaps contrary to thought i have had-in-least 2 red spotted newts morph to
the red eft stage in vivariums several years ago. perhaps they were still in
the larval stage but they were large aquatic red spotted newts to me...
my concern was / is that they did not like the vivarium conditions and
morphed to efts to get out.
i often find redspotted newts in mountain lakes and spring fed pools in my
area ( esat tn ).
i had given up on keeping them but found many last weekend along the
shallows of a mountain dam so thought to try again. i caught 5 and put 3 in the
cement pond proper. ( hopefully i will see them next spring ). the other 2 i put
in my indoor 55g heavily planted "florida" tank. they cant climb out of it and
i feed the tank well w/ flake and bloodworms and the least killies are
always dropping live food / fry.
i have / will be keeping my eye on them but as yet have not seen them eat
anything. any fish they eat would have to be small.
in the lake there were many, many and they seemed to be patroling the weedy
shallows looking for food. bass and sunfish were close enough to eat them but
i suspect they are poisonous. ?
again tho i feel certain they can morph back to the eft stage which
certainly would aid in their survivability.
visually i wonder how different the larval stage is from the adult stage?
ive also found red efts while walking in the woods near streams.
certainly one of our interesting critters.
btw Joshua where do you live?

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: Fri Dec 31 2004 - 12:42:48 CST