Posted Jul 20, 2015
This was a pet I had growing up and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to make sure their kids could be responsible with an animal. While they do have the pitfalls of smelling if they're not properly cleaned, a newt is basically a fish you can briefly handle without killing it. It teaches children to be gentle with animals as well as teaches them to take responsibility for the pet's cleanup. They are great for people who live in small spaces as well!
I had two newts that shared a medium sized tank with one side water and the other side rocks and moss. My brother and I, not realizing the issues of doing so, caught them wild while playing outside and somehow convince our mother to let us keep them.
What we didn't expect was how long a newt could survive when it has a constant source of food. We had them for about ten years and they were already adult when we caught them. Eventually, the two stopped eating and died when age caught up with them.
This pet is a great learning experience. I found it difficult to really get emotionally attached to them, but they might just not be the pet for me.