Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 05, 2015
So, for some strange reason when I was a kid and decided I wanted to get Grandma a newt for Mother's Day, my mom let me. Even though she had to have known my Gram wouldn't like it.
All that newt got was a little container with a ramp onto a little gravel-filled box of "land" with a plastic palm tree and newt pellets to eat. Water was changed in the sink whenever it got dirty. No heater, no filter... sometimes I would feed the newt minnows I caught in the creek. Although it wasn't mine, I considered it mine, and I played with it quite a lot. I'm surprised it didn't die from all the shock and stress.
It lived for 11 years. Amazing. At some point, I do want to set up a proper tank full of newts in memory of "Zardo the Immortal"...
Zardo also looked different from many other firebellies as he had some white speckles with the red and black. I don't have a picture of Zardo, but I've uploaded one from flickr that shows a similar belly. (source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/3149749632/ )