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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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mud puppies.

hey everyone. i work at a lps. im the aquatics expert and handle the fish tanks, amphibians and rainforest herps. recently there was something on animal planet about mud puppies and now it seems every third customer is asking for them. i know if i start carrying them in the store, most of the people that buy them are gonna either kill them because of how much they require or get tired of them. i want to keep my customers happy and also take advantage of this fling, but i cant justify it in my mind. is there anything else close to a mud puppy that is easier to keep alive? maybe another type of salie?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 03:12 PM
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I guess that depends on what you mean. The common name 'mudpuppy' or 'water dog' is usually for Necturus species of aquatic salamanders, but in the pet and bait trade, it also often refers to the larval form of the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum). Tiger salamander larvae are actually quite easy to care for, and pretty cheap - so cheap that they're sold as fishing bait in many places. So if I had to make a recommendation, I'd say go with those. Of course, they're not legal everywhere, so you might have to double check your local laws.

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