Kentucky, United States
Posted Mar 26, 2014
Newts, are amphibians that look similar to lizards in appearance. However, they don't have scales; on the contrary they are smooth and have a moist body. They are very beautiful in my opinion!
These guys have a variety of bugs they can eat, including-but not limited to: earthworms, crickets, slugs, brine shrimp and black worms. In my experience, my brother's Newt loves brine shrimp. Like many amphibians and reptiles, it is recommended that you add vitamins to their diet to ensure they get the correct dosage of vitamins needed.
My brother has had his Newt for about 16 years, and they typically live for about 15-20 years-so he's doing good!
My brothers tank setup has an aquatic area and a land area. The land area is separated from the water with a piece of plexiglass placed across the aquarium and sealed with aquarium grade silicone sealant. I believe this is an ideal setup because it provides the best of both worlds, and allows your Newt to decide what are he wants to be in based on his needs. A log connects the two areas for the Newt to go back and forth. With that said, make sure the top of the tank does have a cover so your Newt doesn't get out! Also, be sure your tank has a filtering system.
While Alpine Newts are cold-blooded they do not require a heat lamp. However they may want to bask in front of the sun if you they have access to be in it.. with that said make sure their cage does not get to hot by being in direct sun light.
In closing their cage set-up at first is a little time-consuming, but once you have it figured out upkeep is fairly simple! Also, Newts can be held, but make sure to wash your hands before and after to keep from contaminating yourself of Newt!
Hope this review has helped you!