Acquired: Pet store
Castle Rock, Washington, United States
Posted Feb 05, 2019
When I was a kid, I insisted on getting two fire bellied newts from the pet store. They were like 10 dollars and I came home with one, without asking my parents. Luckily, my parents were very supportive of their animal loving daughter and purchased the newt a tank and everything they needed. I loved my newt, Fergie, so much that my parents let me get another one. They were both very friendly, and not knowing any better, I handled them fairly often. They let me hold them and I took them out of their tank to crawl around my room. Newts were fairly easy to care for. Their diet consisted of dried mealworms and their habitat needed shallow water and a nice rock for them to rest upon. I had to clean their tank once every few days. After around a year, I noticed them start to develop white spots on their backs, I believe some sort of fungus. I wasn't sure what to do and fearing for their well being, we all decided it'd be best to turn them over to a reptile rescue group. The rescue group was shocked at how tame and friendly they were! They seemed to thoroughly enjoy being handled. I think they are great starter pets, they were very easy to care for all in all.