Posted Mar 27, 2015
It's not an Alpine Newt, but a smooth newt (common newt) in the UK. We found him by a pond and put him in a fish tank ( me and my younger sister). We didn't put a lot of water in the tank, about 6 inches of water. We put in a big rock and he spent a lot of time sitting on the rock. We fed him bloodworms and he was happy with them. He didn't mind being handled either which was nice. He was active and was visible most of the time. We put other stuff in the tank, he did like hiding sometimes.
Keep an eye out as they do tend to sit on the rock more than they do in the water. Sometimes he would dry up, I'm not kidding, it was a bit strange. So we would put him in the water than he was fine.
I have heard about them escaping before, but he never tried to escape. We also put gravel in the bottom of the tank. We used cold water, not freezing cold though! We sometimes fed him dead flies (which surprisingly he ate) and earthworms, cut up. I didn't do it, my dad did, I didn't have the stomach. I also put soil down for him sometimes too. They make lovely pets.
He was dark a green/brown. So sweet. He wasn't very big, around 9cm long.
We had to release him back into the wild, my friends pond, after a year. I love keeping him, highly recommended pets.
Downsides, there wasn't any asides from him drying up and having to keep an eye on that. The tank needed cleaning every week though.