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Will aquatic newts eat guppies?

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This just a general question with no specific species in mind. If I put guppies in an aquatice newt tank would the newts eat them?



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Default Re: Will aquatic newts eat guppies?

If they can catch them. They will eat them.



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Default Re: Will aquatic newts eat guppies?

Some species are more adapted to catching fish than others. Paddletails probably consume fish in the wild as they seem especially good at it.



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Few species are adept at catching live fish, plus it is usually not a great idea to add fish to a newt tank. Most species actively inhabit fishless water bodies. If fish are introduced to a breeding site, they may abandon it and look for a safer one.
Also, any fish that is going to be in any kind of contact with a newt should be properly quarantined in advance.
To be honest, they are not even that good a meal...your newts will be better off on a diet of invertebrates.



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Newts and salamanders eat most things they can catch and swallow. However, here's an issue which needs considering and respecting and hobbiests from outside the UK will need to clarify this accordingly. A simple web search will provide the necessary information.
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'United Kingdom law, under the Animal Welfare Act 1996, says you may not feed vertebrates, live, to a predator'.



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