Posted May 05, 2015
We found two lost Alpine Newts during a walk, and decided to keep them in an aquarium. We kept them for six months, until they looked sufficiently robust, and then we set them free.
Alpine Newts should be kept in an aquarium with a land portion of about 1/3 to 1/2 of the aquarium surface. We also added a few floating branches. The aquarium was put outside, under a ledge, so that it was exposed to sunlight but still protected from the wind, the rain and the cold. We fed them mostly worms and maggots (the kind used as fishing bait works marvellously). You should run the aquarium's filter daily.
Our newts had very different temperaments/ One was very active and fun to look at, but absolutely refused to be handled. The other was much lazier and more apathetic, but didn't mind being held and stroked for short periods of time.
Cleaning and maintaining their aquarium wasn't very time-consuming: we ran the filter once a day and cleaned the aquarium once a week. We fed them two times a day.
Alpine Newts aren't the most fascinating creatures, but if you want a pet that demands minimal work and is entertaining to look at - and really pretty, Alpine Newts are often gorgeously coloured, - I'd definitely recommend one (or two, preferably, so they don't get lonely and bored.)