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  1. Re: Thelloderma stellatum- breeding and eggs!

    Be n obscenely busy at the labs, but it appears the egg run is over. Total of 90 eggs with an astonishing 96% viability. Tadpole mortality less than 2%.Noticed some conspecific nibbling. Strange that...
  2. Wanted: Donate your deceased critter to science.

    No joke.

    It happens to the best of us.

    If, unfortunately, your pet passes on, please consider donating the body to science.

    Place the body in a plastic bag with a small amount of distilled...
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    Re: Automated Xenopus Rack Build

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    Fail! This filter unit just exploded. Detailed report after I change my pants and we get the mess cleaned up...and get the shrapnel out of The ceiling....
  4. Re: Thelloderma stellatum- breeding and eggs!

    We are up to 29 tadpoles, with about thirty more eggs hatching over the next few days! We will make adults and juveniles available late this summer.

    I ordered the supplies to run DNA sequencing....
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    Re: Automated Xenopus Rack Build

    Sorry if photos are e displayed strangely. My work computer sucks!
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    Re: Automated Xenopus Rack Build

    Made quite a bit of headway this week. Got one tier assembled for testing purposes, will finish other two tiers when more materials arrive. (I didn't want to buy all of the cambros at once just in...
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    Josh's Frogs

    Just wanted to shout out to Josh's Frogs!

    My University Labs recently purchased a bulk quantity of T. stellatum, a bunch of sphagnum, and some 18x18x18 Exo-terras.

    The gang there made the...
  8. Thelloderma stellatum- breeding and eggs!

    I'm still suspecting the best way to get critters to breed is send them in the mail!


    Anyway here is our T. stellatum and the first clutch of eggs!

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    You can't see us, we are not here......
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    Re: Automated Xenopus Rack Build

    UPDATE: Here are some more "WIP" photos. Hope to have this system cycling this weekend!
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    The pump and motor. This is a custom pump- no metallic elements...gotta keep that copper out of the...
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    Automated Xenopus Rack Build

    Putting together a large rack to better handle our Xenopus colony here at the labs. Thought some of you might find the build interesting. Full parts list will be at end of thread after build is done!...
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    Unken reflex in Thelloderma

    Was just curious if any of you have observed the unken reflex reaction in Thelloderma.

    TWe have observed a pretty strong unken in about half of our Tonkins (T.stellatum)

    Ill post up some...
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    Long time no see, yinz!

    Been a few years, but it appears my job has me back in the hobby.

    Currently working with 20 Thelloderma stellatum at my labs at the university, plus the usual MHC-1 F and C Xenopus, plus a few...
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    Re: Gorilla Fur (redwood mulch)

    Easy there.

    If you did not want opinions from other keepers, why post in a public forum?
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    Re: Gorilla Fur (redwood mulch)

    True, but a wet sandy environment is NOT an enclosure in your home. I am against the use of sand for terrestrial amphibians less due to impaction and more due to the fact wet sand goes foul very...
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    Re: Gorilla Fur (redwood mulch)

    Sand- True
    Mulch- Depends on the mulch

    Coco-fiber and coco- husk are the same product. They are just different forms of coir.

    As for redwood, never use this stuff. It is OK for orchids, but...
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    Re: Aquarium hood ventilation

    I utilize pieces of thin plexiglass on top of the screen lids to control humidity and restrict drafts. the advantage to this method is you can cut the sections in such a way to allow you to mix and...
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    Re: aguarium sealant vs silicone

    The only thing that makes aquarium silicone different than other silicone products is it is formulated to have a higher tensile strength, which is required to withstand the mass of water and tempered...
  18. WANTED! Photos of your enclosures that utilize REAL wood

    Hello Folks!

    I am in process of writing a version of the "Wood for Vivaria" article (A version is visible on Caudata Culture) for a Dart Frog conservation website.
    The article portion is easy....
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    Re: Paper towel substrate

    Have you tried a microfiber cloth or an artificial chamois type cloth? I use both instead of paper toweling. I find them to be superior and the added bonus of being machine washable and reusable is...
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    Re: Paper towel substrate

    I should add it is the high levels of sodium sulfide in particular that personally give me the heebeejeebies, however, trust me when I say there are highly toxic chemical used through out the process...
  21. Re: What silicone/paint would be safe for frogs?

    In my opinion, yes.
  22. Re: How to prepare wood used in new vivarium?

    I have found out over the years that a regimen of boiling, followed by baking is best (as described in the article). This not only kills off all the nasty stuff living in the wood, it helps to reduce...
  23. Re: How to prepare wood used in new vivarium?

    Caudata Culture Articles - Wood in Vivaria
  24. Re: What silicone/paint would be safe for frogs?

    Not necessarily! As silicone does not actually support mold growth, it all is technically "resistant". Fungi will grow on the layer of bacterial matting that forms on the surface of the sealant...
  25. Re: What silicone/paint would be safe for frogs?

    I currently have a long term experiment going on the viability of DTM type epoxy mastics for vivaria and aquaria use. Once they fix the spectrum analyzer at the University, I will be able to show...
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