Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 14, 2014
My brother and I had two California newts in our large terrarium housed with some other reptiles and amphibians. They are small, docile, cute, and easy to care for in a proper environment, so can be easily recommended for terrarium enthusiasts.
Our terrarium was a tropical environment with both land and water. The newts tended to stick to the water, often just floating around or lounging around on the log we put in their pond. They are not the most active animals, nor are they particularly fascinating to watch, so don't expect hours of entertainment from them. Like many amphibians, these newts are generally content to just “chill.”
Ours remained small, and didn't grow any larger than maybe five inches from snout to tail – maybe even more like four inches. All they really need is adequate food (small crickets suffice) and a wet, warm environment. They are not the best pets for handling, as amphibians require constant moisture and can't tolerate long periods outside of their habitat. Excessive disruptions to their environment will also cause stress which can lead to health problems.
Overall, while not my favorite animals in the world, these were fine additions to our tropical terrarium environment. They are fairly common, so if you are looking for a small newt or salamander to add to your terrarium, a California newt should suit you just fine.