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Individual study: The reproduction and husbandry of salamanders in captivity with special emphasis on the Texas blind salamander, Typhlomolge rathbuni

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Maruska E.J. (1982) The reproduction and husbandry of salamanders in captivity with special emphasis on the Texas blind salamander, Typhlomolge rathbuni. Proceedings of the 5th Annual Reptile Symposium on Captive Propagation and Husbandry, Oklahoma City Zoo, 151-161.


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Captive breeding salamanders (including newts) Amphibian Conservation

A small, replicated study in 1979–1980 of captive Texas blind salamander Typhlomolge rathbuni in Cincinnati Zoo, USA (Maruska 1982) found that the species bred successfully in captivity. Three clutches of 8–21 eggs were produced. Three larvae from the first clutch survived and all 14 eggs from the third clutch hatched. Embryonic development required a constant water temperature of 20–21°C as lower temperatures resulted in deformities. Adults had been in captivity since 1975 and were moved to separate tanks once eggs were produced.