Common Sense

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Dec 20, 2004
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Is it legal in CA to remove salemanders from a creek? And if so, what do you feed the little buggers?


Mar 12, 2001
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The box pet supply stores sell a "newt & aquatic animal" feed that is a small pelletized protein and vitamin meal.


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Jan 24, 2002
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black worms. I used to have a bunch of salamanders and newts as a kid. You get the worms at any pet store. They sell you a big glob of the things. They are tiny, thread-like worms. They would also work great when you want to gross out your wife or daughters.

jim in illinois

Feb 20, 2002
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Used to catch a ton of em as a kid but most of them escaped well before it was time to feed em anything( Yes, Mom was proud)


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Aug 3, 2007
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Some no, Some yes. You need a fishing license and should be able to ID them-- From Title 14, California Code of Regulations:

§ 40. General Provisions Relating to Native Reptiles and Amphibians.

(a) General Prohibition It is unlawful to capture, collect, intentionally kill or injure, possess, purchase, propagate, sell, transport, import or export any native reptile or amphibian, or part thereof, except as provided in this chapter, Chapter 2 of this subdivision relating to sportfishing and frogging, sections 650, 670.7, or 783 of these regulations, or as otherwise provided in the Fish and Game Code or these regulations.

Chapter 2. § 5.05. Amphibians.

(a) Only the following amphibians may be taken under the authority of a sportfishing license, subject to the restrictions in this section. No amphibians may be taken from ecological reserves designated by the commission in Section 630 or from state parks, or national parks or monuments.

(1) Pacific giant salamander ( Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

(2) California giant salamander ( Dicamptodon ensatus)

(3) Southern Seep (Torrent) Salamander ( Rhyacotriton variegatus)

(4) Rough-skinned newt ( Taricha granulosa)

(5) California newt ( Taricha torosa)

(6) Red-bellied newt ( Taricha rivularis)

(7) Northwestern salamander ( Ambystoma gracile)

(8) Long-toed salamander ( Ambystoma macrodactylum), except Santa Cruz long-toed salamander ( Ambystoma macrodactylum croceum)

(9) Black salamander ( Aneides flavipunctatus)

(10) Clouded salamander ( Aneides ferreus)

(11) Arboreal salamander ( Aneides lugubris)

(12) California slender salamander ( Batrachoseps attenuatus): See Special Closure (f)(1)

(13) Pacific slender salamander ( Batrachoseps pacificus): See Special Closure (f)(1)

(14) Relictual slender salamander ( Batrachoseps relictus): See Special Closure (f)(1)

(15) Dunn's salamander ( Plethodon dunni)

(16) Ensatina salamander ( Ensatina eschscholtzii)

(17) Western toad ( Bufo boreas)

(18) Woodhouse's toad ( Bufo woodhouseii)

(19) Red-spotted toad ( Bufo punctatus)

(20) Great Plains toad ( Bufo cognatus)

(21) Great Basin spadefoot toad ( Scaphiopus (Spea) intermontana)

(22) Couch's spadefoot toad ( Scaphiopus (Spea) couchii)

(23) California chorus frog ( Pseudacris (Hyla) cadaverina)

(24) Pacific chorus frog ( Pseudacris (Hyla) regilla)

(25) Northern leopard frog ( Rana pipiens)

(26) Southern leopard frog ( Rana yutricularia)

(27) Rio Grande leopard frog ( Rana berlandieri)

(28) Bullfrog ( Rana catesbeiana)

(b) Open season: All year. The season closures in Chapter 3 (District Trout and Salmon District General Regulations and Special Regulations) do not apply to fishing for amphibians with methods other than hook and line (see sections 7.00 and 7.50(a)(2)).

© Limit: The daily bag and possession limit for each of the amphibian species listed in subsection (a), above, is four except for bullfrogs, which have no daily bag or possession limit.

(d) Hours: Amphibians may be taken at any time of day or night.

(e) Methods of take:

(1) Amphibians may be taken only by hand, hand-held dip net, or hook and line, except bullfrogs may also be taken by lights, spears, gigs, grabs, paddles, bow and arrow, or fishing tackle.

(2) It is unlawful to use any method or means of collecting that involves breaking apart of rocks, granite flakes, logs, or other shelters in or under which amphibians may be found.

(f) Special closures:

(1) No slender salamanders ( Batrachoseps spp.) may be taken from Inyo and Mono counties and from the Santa Rosa Mountains, Riverside County.


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Salamanders are one of the few living creatures capable of limb regeneration. Not the type of regeneration of tails seen in lizards, where usually a shorter stump grows back to replace the original tail. Salamanders are actually capable of regenerating a FULLY FUNCTIONAL new leg, jaw, or internal organ as observed in experiments. See excerpt below:

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In urodele amphibians (salamanders), the regeneration process begins immediately after amputation. Limb regeneration in the axolotl and newt have been extensively studied. After amputation, the epidermis migrates to cover the stump in less than 12 hours, forming a structure called the apical epidermal cap (AEC). Over the next several days there are changes in the underlying stump tissues that result in the formation of a blastema (a mass of dedifferentiated proliferating cells). As the blastema forms, pattern formation genes – such as HoxA and HoxD – are activated as they were when the limb was formed in the embryo [8,10]. The Distal tip of the limb (the autopod, which is the hand or foot) is formed first in the blastema. The intermediate portions of the pattern are filled in during growth of the blastema by the process of intercalation [7,8]. Motor neurons, muscle, and blood vessels grow with the regenerated limb, and reestablish the connections that were present prior to amputation. The time that this entire process takes varies according to the age of the animal, ranging from about a month to around three months in the adult and then the limb becomes fully functional.[/b]

Imagine the possibilites if we could duplicate this with humans. How about all those soldiers with lost limbs coming back from Iraq?



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