Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 09, 2013
If you are a fan of aquatic reptiles, put the Paddle Tail Newt at the top of your list! These little guys are easy to care for, great for any age & very good for someone new to caring for amphibians! Commonly confused with the Fire Belly Newt, these little guys average 4 to 6 inches from nose to tail, have brown silky skin on the top & an orange splattered pattern on their belly. They have the cutest little face as well!
-Very easy to care for
-Very LOW cost for food, supplies
-No filter is needed, nor is a heater needed
-No special lighting required
-Very passive, never bite!
-Great pet for children
-Amazing personalities for amphibians
-They have poor eyesight so you have to use caution when handling
-They can not be kept out of water for long periods of time
-They can be picky eaters
-Their life span varies from 5 years to 15
-They get sick easily (DO NOT KEEP FISH IN THEIR TANK!)
Bottom Line: My first Paddle Tail was such an amazing creature. He would watch him from his tank, tell me when he was hungry, loved to wag his tail when I was watching, he even came to my hand when presented to him! I had him for 5 years until I made the mistake of adding little fish to his water. He became sick, refused to eat anything for 5 months, then passed away. Do not listen to anyone if they tell you they can be kept with fish. Most fish carry disease and parasites that are harmful to these little guys! Anyways... They are amazing little animals. They are very low in cost, great for even small children & have very entertaining little personalities. I would recommend getting one of these little guys to anyone!