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Mud Puppies or Water Dogs

Discussion in 'Reptiles, Amphibians and Other Exotic Pets' started by BigFish, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. BigFish

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    Can someone give me some info on keeping these guys. and does anyone keep any?
     
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    Depends on which one you have. A Mud puppy (Necturus sp) is a fully aquatic salamander which requires cool, well oxygenated water. A "water dog" is usually a larval Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) which will eventually need a mostly land habitat.
     
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    (mud puppies you say) I dont keep any but i have some info about them not for tanks but it would help if you knew but you probobly already know
    they can grow to two feet+ if u have a big enough tank
    they will eat any fish or crustacean they can fit in their mouth so be cautious
    -youll prolly want a tank with a couple powerful powerheads to keep it feeling at home but other than that it should be easy to keep id imagine
     
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    2 feet you for real?
     
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    yeah they get big but they should be fine in a 50gallon long
     
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    The similar Greater Siren can reach almost three feet...
     
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    The larva of several species are commonly called "Mud-Puppies" or "Water-Dogs" (my grandpa called all salamanders/newts "Mud-Puppies". The pix below are adult phase Coastal Giant Salamander (world's largest terrestrial salamander). Notice the car keys for scale...

    Are the two foot long critters Hellbenders? I know in China they have Salamanders that are really BIG.

    mander1.jpg

    mander2.jpg
     
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    sry 18" on mud puppies 2 feet and a little more maybe on hellbenders good catch Dan thanks
     
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    We had a small mudpuppy at one time (Necturus sp.) but my husband left the intake strainer off of one of the filters and that was the end of that :irked:
    I was mad about that for awhile.

    He didn't seem hard to care for. We kept him in cooler water and he'd eat things like sinking carnivore pellets and worms.
     
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    Yeah, but we can't get those in the pet trade ( I wish!). Andrias davidanius gets over 5 feet and the Japanese A. japonicus gets over 4.
     

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