Acquired: Pet store
Dallas, Texas, United States
Posted Oct 16, 2014
Newts normally don’t pop into people’s minds when referring to pets, but they can add a unique addition to the home and create quite the conversation for guests! If you've already got a fish tank with a filter a newt habitat can be easily added.
I housed my newts in a ten gallon tank with about 3 parts water to 1 part land. There was plenty of gravel, larger rocks, plants, and even sticks of varying sizes (since newts like to climb). Speaking of climbing, make sure to have a tight wire lid on your tank or another way to keep the tank covered very securely. Newts are notorious for escaping by climbing out of tanks, even climbing right up the sides of the glass! I can’t stress this enough!
I never noticed any smells from the newts. Their water was changed about every other week and food was easily available from the pet store. My newts loved blood worms! Don’t keep your tank near a window and don’t let it get too cold and the newts will be happy.
I owned my newts for a few years. Unfortunately, through my error, the lid of the tank was not put on properly and the newts escaped. I frantically searched the house for them, but never found them. A few months later, when we were moving, I did find the newts. However, they were long gone, having dried out since they need to live in a wet environment.
Image credit: Pete (originally posted to Flickr as red bellied newt) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons