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The Newt

Care and feeding

newt image courtesy: http://www.pondscaper.com/crittersnewt.html I mentioned this earlier, but I'm going to say it again because it's so important. Newts needs to be in water that's between 58 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (14-20 degrees Centigrade). Anything higher, and they'll begin to feel like Inuit in a desert (just so you know, 'Inuit' is the collective term for 'Inuk', and an Inuk is what we're used to calling an 'Eskimo'. 'Eskimo' is a derogatory term, and they hate being called that).

The fun bit is feeding your newts, and their mouths water when you throw in live earthworms from a pesticide-free yard, nightcrawlers from a bait shop (chopped if necessary), live blackworms/bloodworms (sold at pet stores), frozen bloodworms, live crickets, live waxworms, live slugs, spiders and bugs from outdoors. Of course, you can't see their mouths watering because they're submerged, but they do water indeed - now, would I lie to you?

Newly purchased newts may refuse to eat for several days, and while this may be a sign of illness, it is also a common behavior of healthy newts who are brought to a new environment. The best thing to do is remain patient. You'll know soon enough if they're ill or just adjusting to their new home.

Remember to feed them only every three days. You can mark feeding days on a calendar, so that you don't over- or under-feed.

Next: A name for your newt

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