How To Look After Newts
They might be one of the more unorthodox of pets to consider keeping, but anyone who has owned newts can tell you the joy these pets can bring. To learn more about these animals, and for advice on caring for newts, read the information in this guide.
Looking After Newts – A Guide
- Newts are intriguing creatures, and they can make great pets – but it’s important to have a full understanding of the needs of this type of animals. Newts are small salamanders, and require a water-based environment in order to thrive.
- Newts will therefore require a small aquarium to operate effectively. Make sure they are kept in an environment that is part-dry, part-wet – a newt will enjoy a mixture of rocks, logs and moss around the aquarium in which to explore. Although newts require a water-based environment, it doesn’t need to be too deep – their natural habitat is places in and around water – not the water itself.
- Make sure the water in the aquarium is changed regularly – when you add fresh water, allow it to stand for a day before adding it to the aquarium. The water will need topping up and changing around 3-4 times a week.
- Newts are naturally curious critters, so make sure the rocks and stones are in dry land are scattered around effectively – newts will appreciate a place to hide as well as nooks and crannies in which to explore.
- Exercise some caution over lighting – newts dislike direct sunlight, and the light in the aquarium will need to be carefully monitored. Make sure the top of the tank is also covered – this will prevent light creeping in and stop the newt from escaping.
- In terms of newt feed, you’ll need to provide a decent amount of feed every two days. Carefully monitor the amount of feed provided, as overindulgence can be one of the biggest killers of newts.
- Finally, if you’re looking after newts, throw the occasional treat into the tank – these animals love insects. If you provide appropriate care for newts, they can live for over a decade.