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Discussion in 'Amphibian - General' started by JayKa, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. JayKa

    JayKa Well-Known Member

    This is the second time i found one of these in my room. The first time it was a smaller one and i let it go in my back yard. Now this morning i found this one covered in dust and had its back legs tangled in hair so i squirted him with water n gentle untangled him. Im going to let this one go later on in the day when it gets warmer because its really cold out.

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    Its so cute lol
     

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  2. Cyclura08

    Cyclura08 Well-Known Member

    where are you located? It's got a plethodontine body form. The common name for the group is the "slimy salamanders". I'm not sure of the species though.

    oh and it would be much better to release him at night. Salamanders are normally nocturnal, very tolerant of the cold and in fact, he'd probably dry out from being exposed in the sun. Release him in a cool, shady, damp spot like some leaf litter or near a creek. Plethodontids (if that is in fact what it is) are a terrestrial species but still rely on damp habitats to survive.
     
  3. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Yep, some sort of salamander. Has it been dry out? If so he's probably looking for damp. If you could let him go near the edge of a pond or creek, that would be the best.
     
  4. JayKa

    JayKa Well-Known Member

    I live in Lynn,MA in the U.S. Does it eat crickets or meal worms because i dont know if its hungry and i have crickets and mealworms for my leo and water dragon. Ill let it go later on at night then. I just found out it can walk up glass if that helps a little more.

    No its been raining out
     
  5. Cyclura08

    Cyclura08 Well-Known Member

    awesome, then it's the perfect weather to let him go...again just make sure it's tonight.

    They eat pretty much anything they can fit into their mouths like small crustaceans, slugs, worms, insects etc. It's probably not necessary to feed him but you could try if you have your heart set on it.
     
  6. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    I wouldn't worry about feeding it, or letting it go tonight. you could just put it outside now. It will find a nice dark place to nap for the afternoon. Less stressful than being inside for a day.
     
  7. JayKa

    JayKa Well-Known Member

    Yea my room is in the basment so i get a lot of creepy crawlies that sneak in. Do you think that they could be reproducing outside of my room? Because this is the second one in the same week.
     
  8. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Its coming up on winter, they are looking for places to hibernate.
     
  9. JayKa

    JayKa Well-Known Member

    Oh ok. Thanks :)
     
  10. BDSkinner

    BDSkinner Member

    It looks to be a Red-backed Salamander, (Plethodon cinereus). Did you end up letting it go?
     

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