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   Apr 30

Your Questions About Gardening

David asks…

I have a Congo Snake Salamander and I have some questions about there care.?

My husband and I recently purchased a four foot long Congo Snake Salamander, which we call Uroboros, from a local privet owned pet store (he was kept in a ten gallon tank with more than a few Black Convict Cichlids D:)

The owner of the store told us he would eat what ever he got his jaws on, fish, worms, krill ect and even went on to explain that he had eaten the previous day and also told us that as long as he had a place to escape the water he would be at home in our 55 gallon aquarium (currently we own a fully grown Dragon Goby, a juvenile Peacock Eel and four Goldfish which have gone back out into the pond.)

Uroboros seems to get on well with the other two, laying next to or under the Goby or simply curling around some of the taller decor in the tank, and crawls up quite well onto his landings of his own accord and even gets placed into a tub on his own for an hour or so a day when I’m finished with work.

Any ways, we did some research on him via google and other engines but we cant come up with squat for information on them weather its keeping them as pets or the Snake Salamander in the wild.

What I would like to know is, do they go ‘torpid’ in cooler water, slowing there body and barely eating or not eating at all?
- He’s in a gently heated tank, as the Goby and Eel like it slightly above room temp, but our heater crapped out and I wont be able to get my hands on one till Friday and he doesn’t seem to have eaten since we brought him home Saturday even though hes offered food every other day (with the Goby and Eel), has about five small feeder minnows with him and fairly active.

What else can we feed him, it was speculated at work (ironically I work for a larger Pet store) that he would take pinky mice, but I’m not to certain on this?
- Right now we’re going on what the owner told us, i.e. frozen (thawed) Krill, minnows, worms ect.

He’s fairly tame, accepting rubs under the chin and readily ‘slithers’ into your hand for attention, will he grow out of this or will this behavior continue?
- We make it a heavy point in the house, as my room mate seems to not pay much attention to what we ask, to NOT handle or ‘pet’ him unless its really needed or more than once a day for a few seconds. We want him used to us to avoid a painful bite later down the road if we need to move him or clean his tank.

And ultimately, I’m wondering if we should treat him like any other large amphibian/salamander or if anyone has any experience with these animals and could lend some helpful advice on how to make him more comfortable?

We would have done more prior to purchase, but the condition of his tank in store was appalling and cramped…we didn’t want to see him in that state any longer than he already had been and we were actually massively afraid that someone with out any incentive to research or provide decent care for him would come along to purchase him with the end result of him perishing :(

I’ve asked this question on several Herp. sights as well as put the word around town that I was looking for more info, so I’m hopping that I get a verity of answers :)

Any credible information would be lovely with links to information would be a massive plus!

Thank you to everyone who offers intelligent answers!

GardenersCardiff answers:

I’ve never heard of a Snake Salamander and there isn’t any sort of salamander/newt which has that kind of common name. I’ll make some kind of inferences based upon your information. The common term of salamanders is used only for the land-based ones, but really anything slimy with a tail that breathes through its skin is a salamander. The fact that yours lives entirely underwater, and the name suggests that it’s an Amphiuma, otherwise known as the Congo Eel (http://www.caudata.org/cc/species/Amphiuma/Amphiuma.shtml ). If I’m right, then all the information that you need should be on that link. If I’m wrong, then my second guess is that it’s some kind of Siren (http://www.caudata.org/cc/species/Siren/S_intermedia.shtml ). If I’m still wrong… Well then it could be anything from a Mudpuppy to an Axolotl to a Newt, but the two that I listed above are well-characterized by not really having jaws, having tiny pupils, and either really useless limbs (Amphiuma) or no back limbs (Siren). The main site of the two links I posted is the best for the discussion of all Caudates, so I recommend asking around there as well if you need more info: http://www.caudata.org/index.php?page=sites

Mandy asks…

OMG I’M SICK OF LIFE PLZ READ?

I have been writing lyrics and rapping sinse I was 12 years old I have a lot of fans and supoters and I been in shows and won battles in school. And Plus I write storys, comics, and show/movie scripts. I have been in Drama class and I got rewarded best playwrieght and actress and They say I have a really great imagination. But my aunt and uncle (my parents) say I don’t in there own little way. My teachers gave a flyer about show somehwere here where I live about getting known its like a compitnion and whoever wins can be on tv and record a cd. I was so excited people loves my raps and acting so this could be my chance. People was rooting for me to do this. But my aunt had to runin I asked her if I can do this and this is what she said (after 8 years of knowing I have talent plus the fans I told her about) “Do you know how to rap?” so I said Yes and sh told me tp rap for her when did she said “first off that made no sinse (Aunt tracy knows a lot about rap and hip hop she grew up in the projects so I don’t know why so wa so confused) and second off its to far away” (it wasn’t I just looked it up on google maps) so that broke my heart a little. Then I wrote a rap about missing my cousins because they were my best friends and I worked so hard on it I showed my uncle and when I asked if he was done he said yeah and threw the paper at me. I said “did you like it” he said it was ok i said “ok I worked hard on this why is it Ok?” and he said “it has to many slang in it and your not black” I was mad cuz I didn’t put slang in it. The song was as clear as clear skies. So that hurt my feelings. I can play instruments too. I had a guitar but its in the trash so i wanted another one. My aunt said “can you play the giutar?” I was like “yes why?” and she just roleld her eyes she said what about the drums I said yes not that much to be honest but i would like to learn more and she just roled her eyes. Ok not get this A couple days ago (im still not finished) I typed a long ass sotry called “The Haunting Of Rosey” and it took me for a long time I am on my 6 chapter and thats a lot to rap. I layed it out great and my friends loved it. I wa nice enough to share what i have on fb with aunt tracy BUT she almost had a heartattack because I wrote it. She said “so who did you copy this from?” I was like “uh? copy what? I wrote this. Do you like it?” and she said “if you didn’t copy it then what is with all this “” and , in the paragraphs? how did you know how to do that with punchations?” I was like “my brain and my fingers why?” and she said “no you didn’t JESSICA! GO GET YOUR COMPUTER” so i did and I had proof that it was by me “and she said who did you copy this story from?” I nwas like “tracy did you hear me I DIDNT COPY IT! I know how to write a story” and she was yelling at me to a point where I was in tears. I got in trouble for nothing all because of a talent. I think they think I don’t no talents because I am half mentally disabled have mulitble disiblitys and emotional disorder. Everytime we at my IEP she says I won’t have a job and I will be at hom with them for the rest of their lifes. My friends who are more “lower leveled* i should say goes to this The Voice prgram to CBI to learn jobs. They get to work at the vet and eat ice cream and I CANT DO THAT because my parents think im to stupid. I even try to hellp out at home and my aunt yells at me if I get it wrong “are you that retarted?” I feel like I can’t do nothing to a point where I want to commit suicide. But i enjoy life, mu family, ffriends, and girlfriend. But its to much negitives. I just wanna give up my Talents cuz just like my fami;y said it will never happen i will stay home forever and give up my future because the way its going all im doin is staying home and valunterring. Why should I keep on writing lyrics and whatnot? nothing is coming my way after school. Btw I am 20 year old girl and I graduate high school this year in special ed class.
@Snail thank you so much! :D u made me feel a lot better and made life a clearer for me a little

GardenersCardiff answers:

By the sound of things, you have heaps of talent, and more importantly, you enjoy it!
But the fact you are”I am half mentally disabled have multiple disability’s and emotional disorder” means it will be a lot harder for you to get a job as a rapper/entertainer than someone that is very smart, able bodied and emotionally stable.
That’s just the world we live in unfortunately.

I suggest you keep rapping and writing, but just to make you and your friends happy.

As a career its probably just not realistic.that doesn’t mean you have to stop improving. For most people there hobbies are MUCH more fun than there work.

Work sux, and if rap was a job, it would suck after a while too.
Trust me!

Ive had every job i ever wanted and they all sucked after a while!

Sharon asks…

Should I Just Give Up On Life?

OMG I’M SICK OF LIFE PLZ READ?
I have been writing lyrics and rapping sinse I was 12 years old I have a lot of fans and supoters and I been in shows and won battles in school. And Plus I write storys, comics, and show/movie scripts. I have been in Drama class and I got rewarded best playwrieght and actress and They say I have a really great imagination. But my aunt and uncle (my parents) say I don’t in there own little way. My teachers gave a flyer about show somehwere here where I live about getting known its like a compitnion and whoever wins can be on tv and record a cd. I was so excited people loves my raps and acting so this could be my chance. People was rooting for me to do this. But my aunt had to runin I asked her if I can do this and this is what she said (after 8 years of knowing I have talent plus the fans I told her about) “Do you know how to rap?” so I said Yes and sh told me tp rap for her when did she said “first off that made no sinse (Aunt tracy knows a lot about rap and hip hop she grew up in the projects so I don’t know why so wa so confused) and second off its to far away” (it wasn’t I just looked it up on google maps) so that broke my heart a little. Then I wrote a rap about missing my cousins because they were my best friends and I worked so hard on it I showed my uncle and when I asked if he was done he said yeah and threw the paper at me. I said “did you like it” he said it was ok i said “ok I worked hard on this why is it Ok?” and he said “it has to many slang in it and your not black” I was mad cuz I didn’t put slang in it. The song was as clear as clear skies. So that hurt my feelings. I can play instruments too. I had a guitar but its in the trash so i wanted another one. My aunt said “can you play the giutar?” I was like “yes why?” and she just roleld her eyes she said what about the drums I said yes not that much to be honest but i would like to learn more and she just roled her eyes. Ok not get this A couple days ago (im still not finished) I typed a long *** sotry called “The Haunting Of Rosey” and it took me for a long time I am on my 6 chapter and thats a lot to rap. I layed it out great and my friends loved it. I wa nice enough to share what i have on fb with aunt tracy BUT she almost had a heartattack because I wrote it. She said “so who did you copy this from?” I was like “uh? copy what? I wrote this. Do you like it?” and she said “if you didn’t copy it then what is with all this “” and , in the paragraphs? how did you know how to do that with punchations?” I was like “my brain and my fingers why?” and she said “no you didn’t JESSICA! GO GET YOUR COMPUTER” so i did and I had proof that it was by me “and she said who did you copy this story from?” I nwas like “tracy did you hear me I DIDNT COPY IT! I know how to write a story” and she was yelling at me to a point where I was in tears. I got in trouble for nothing all because of a talent. I think they think I don’t no talents because I am half mentally disabled have mulitble disiblitys and emotional disorder. Everytime we at my IEP she says I won’t have a job and I will be at hom with them for the rest of their lifes. My friends who are more “lower leveled* i should say goes to this The Voice prgram to CBI to learn jobs. They get to work at the vet and eat ice cream and I CANT DO THAT because my parents think im to stupid. I even try to hellp out at home and my aunt yells at me if I get it wrong “are you that retarted?” I feel like I can’t do nothing to a point where I want to commit suicide. But i enjoy life, mu family, ffriends, and girlfriend. But its to much negitives. I just wanna give up my Talents cuz just like my fami;y said it will never happen i will stay home forever and give up my future because the way its going all im doin is staying home and valunterring. Why should I keep on writing lyrics and whatnot? nothing is coming my way after school. Btw I am 20 year old girl and I graduate high school this year in special ed class.
@Racheal but I did! But my parents won’t let me have a life out of it :( and thanks
but how can I keep my passion nothing s gonna happen after lif the way its going now
@John I cant drive a car cuz of my disbilty. Certain type I can’t explain. And my parents wont let me move out they want me to live with them til they think im ready to do so. And plus I cant have a job right now im just valunterring THEN when ready i’ll ave a job. :) thanks

GardenersCardiff answers:

No. Never give up. Find something that inspires you

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