Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
3610, South Africa
Posted Jan 26, 2016
Kaiser's Spotted Newt (Neurergus kaiseri) is a spectacularly patterned newt species and I would consider it one of the most beautiful of all newt species. Terrestrial habitats occupied by N. kaiseri include diverse community types
encompassing oak-pistachio open woodlands dominated by Quercus brantii and Pistachio spp in the south-central Zagros. This open woodland grows on various soil types including deep sandy loam soils at the bottom of valleys or gravelly soils at the slopes of steep valleys. In the wild N. kaiseri experiences a highly seasonal climate. Winters are cold and summers can be very hot and dry. They should eat wide variety of suitable-sized invertebrates. Unlike the other Neurergus species, N. kaiseri have been observed breeding in stagnant pond-type environments. Although they inhabit still water in the wild, captive breeding has generally taken place in aquariums that have some gentle water flow. A Great Salamander for any Amphibian Enthusiast.