Newts and Salamanders make for very fascinating pets. These amphibians need cooler tempuratures to thrive and live insects and worms to fill their hungry appetites. However, back on January 12, 2016, to help prevent a deadly fungus from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banned the sale of 201 salamander species. The fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, also known as Bsal or salamander chytrid, is carried on the skin of various salamander species. Bsal has caused major die-offs of salamanders in Europe and poses an imminent threat to U.S. native salamander populations. The fungus is not yet known to be found in the United States, and to help ensure it remains that way, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published an interim rule that took effect on January 28, 2016. At that time, the importation and interstate transportation of the listed species are now prohibited by law. Until this ban is lifted our selection of salamanders and newts will be limited. To read more about this salamander, please visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife website.
I received my blue tongue skink yesterday 3/10/15 and he had multiple mites under his scales and in his ear canals. Otherwise he was a healthy little baby.
Clara Porrata - March 11, 2015
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