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Old 05-12-2021, 09:43 PM   #1
salamander hibernation

Hello I got a marbled salamander in winter and now that its summer he is hibernating I was wondering If I need to feed his while he is hibernating and if so how would I do this
Old 05-12-2021, 10:42 PM   #2
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They don't hibernate in the summer. If it is hiding/not eating/burrowing, it is likely too dry, or too hot -- "aestivating", which isn't really a natural seasonal behavior for the species -- at least, not one that is good to promote in captivity (I don't think they need winter hibernation either).

Make sure housing and conditions are acceptable. I'd keep it in a dimly lit (or unlit) glass or plastic enclosure with good humidity and a little ventilation, lots of natural hides (cork tubes and flats work great, and some simple plants like pathos offer cover and hold moisture well), a loose substrate that holds moisture (peat/coco fiber mix, maybe), really moist on one half and a bit less moist on the other end, that is below 70 degrees F.
Old 05-13-2021, 02:54 PM   #3
I already have all of these and he still burrows It thought it was natural because he is a mole salamander he plenty of places to hide and I spray him 5 times a day
Old 05-13-2021, 03:18 PM   #4
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Burrowing isn't the same as hibernating. Many animals burrow all year round, such as, like you mention, salamanders.

What do you mean that it is "hibernating"? Just burrowing, or something more? Because if it is burrowing, it should come out sometimes, like to eat (though I never kept salamanders on substrate that is deep enough for them to make a real burrow, as they can hide under cork and other substitutes just fine).

Is it taking food when offered? Or has it stopped eating as summer is approaching? If the latter, check conditions (temperature, especially).

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