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#1 Siobhan

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:52 AM

A church friend found a salamander in her house yesterday. She has no idea how he got there. She likes critters but she has "enough reptiles" already and when I said if she didn't want him, I'd take him, she readily agreed. Another friend gave me a tank and stand and decorations and I'm going to Petsmart for food and a light for the tank and picking up the salamander this afternoon. Now he needs a name. I had a gecko once but I've never had a salamander and only know what I read on the internet.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 12:20 PM

Siobhan, pretty soon you'll have the whole food chain. :) You are so awesome!!! I have a colony of wild geckos under my laundry room. Other than that, I can't help. My family took care of a room full of reptiles once for a kid while he went to summer camp. His Mom wouldn't get near them. I couldn't feed them the live mice and minnows. What do salamanders eat? Insects? Can't wait to hear your new guy's name. Tell us all about him and share photos, please. :)

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 02:24 PM

Our fire-bellied newt (related to salamanders) eats crickets.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 05:17 PM

There is nothing I can say but I do have a big smile on my face.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 05:29 PM

I had Asian Water Dragons and a Crocodile Gecko. We rehomed them when I got pregnant a second time when my first baby was only 4 months old (that 'you can't get pregnant while nursing' line is a lie). I hadn't had much time with them and felt terrible, so I gave them to a friend who was so in love with them.
The Water Dragons had a really cool terrarium full of plants with a waterfall and pool area that I made out of a leaky 55 gallon tank. When they were babies, you had to search to find them. I rehomed them when they were about 6 years old. When my nest is empty, I will likely build another terrarium and it will need an inhabitant!



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:42 PM

He went straight into his hidey when I put him in his tank because, I assume, he's had a traumatic couple of days. He had to wait in a tupperware dish through rehearsal and church service tonight and had two car rides, one there with her and another home with me. Petsmart said to give him worms and that's what I found on the internet, too, so I bought him some red wigglers and gave him a couple when I got him home. The internet said not to handle him if I could help it, but I couldn't figure any other way to get him out of the Tupperware and into his tank. I had to pick him up, which he didn't care for in the least. LOL I haven't thought of a name yet and I don't want to make him come out and pose for a picture until he settles in. Pastor suggested "Sal" for a name. Sigh. Very creative, Pastor.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 12:48 AM

LOL. creative indeed! Or Mandy for a girl!
I like Godzilla or T-Rex!!



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:05 PM

His name is Sammie, suggested by a FB friend when I said I didn't know if he's a boy or girl. I liked it, and he doesn't seem to care either way, so Sammie it is. I like to give my babies people names.


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

Love the name smile.png



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:27 AM

He was out of his hidey this morning when I uncovered the birds and I gave him a worm but he just looked at it, and it dove for cover under the moss. He's been in his hidey all day, and will probably be out in the morning when I go uncover the birds again. I told Greta, who pretended to be interested, that I figure we won't see a lot of him. Salamanders are nocturnal and the rest of us aren't. LOL As long as he pops out often enough so I can be sure he's doing okay, I won't bother him.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:35 AM

Very nice name, as always. Welcome Sammie! How big is he? I can see how Greta would be curious.

Jan, how is Khan doing? Did you get the tank mates you were considering?

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:09 AM

This isn't Sammie, but this one looks just like him.

 

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:37 PM

Actually, I think what you have there is a newt!

 

Hmm.....just looked them up.....

 

http://www.naturehav...salamander.html

 

http://animals.sandi...salamander-newt


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 12:37 PM

Wow! He's so pretty, and so lucky to have found you! The real Sammie, I mean.

I've been reading a lot about the water dragons they sell at Wal-Mart. I haven't had an aquarium in years. Water dragons do better in brackish water. Maybe I'll just keep reading about everyone else's aquarium babies.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 01:16 PM

Do you think he needs to be wetter than he is? He has a Sammie-sized pond in his tank made out of a Tupperware container. He can go swim any time he wants. I should put a rock in it for him to sit on, shouldn't I?



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 05:26 PM

Hi Allee, little Khan is doing well.  I have decided not to get him any tank mates as he is a bit of a piggy when it comes to food so figure he would eat their food as well.  Like Siobhan's bettas, he comes to the front of the tank when I come into the room and I have a little conversation with him.  He is a sweetie. 

Siobhan, are salamanders the same as mexican walking fish? 



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 05:27 PM

Welcome to Sammie. He's adorable, but doesn't look all that cuddly!

 

I'll bet Clyde is glad you didnt' bring home another bird! tongue.png



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 05:30 PM

I think he's more like an amphibian. He likes water but breathes air. 



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 09:10 PM

Welcome, Sammie! smile.png

 

I think Sammie would appreciate having a rock to sit on in his Tupperware bowl.



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:33 AM

I put a rock in there for him but I can't find him right now. He has a ton of moss in his tank and I think he's gone back into hibernation. I'm going to have to clean the tank this weekend and disturb him. He has plenty to eat and I keep his water fresh so I won't disturb him except when I have to.


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