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Ribbed Newts (Pleurodeles) Now comprising at least 3 species, this genus of newts includes the largest "newt" in the world, Pleurodeles waltl.

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I would really like to give breeding my newts a go, I have everything I need ready to go, but getting them to do the act is a struggle! I have have tried reducing water levels, lowering temp, uping temp, increasing and decreasing light, all in different combinations. I am wondering where I am going wrong?? I have watched them lock up before so I know I have a male and female, but my female never looks like she is getting fat with eggs, and eggs have never been produced. I have done water tests and those are all good... they are currently eating salmon pellets, night crawlers, small snails, wax worms, and frozen blood worms.



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Could you add some photo's of them? Do you also know roughly how old they are?



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After you've seen them court it can take up to several weeks or months before the first eggs are layed. Patience is important. The best trigger I've experienced is a long winter cooling. The window is open during the winter in the newt room and it can get 10C en remains beneath 15C for a long period. If you're living in an area with mild winters you can keep them outside during this period.



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I am also in the same struggle.
My winter is very weak 18 C. I managed to thermally insulate the tank, and I kept the temperature at 15/16 C.
The female is very fat, I think that has a lot of eggs.

The male's crest is great. If I can not keep a cool temperature for a long temp, the, it seems that the crest decreases. But when falling the temperature again in a few days it regrows.
I believe that this is not ideal. I have strived to maintain a constant temperature.

I see much more active male to female, dancing from one side to the other.
But lately he has no interest in food. I hope it is normal behavior.

But not yet saw no court sign for female.

Vanders, I wish luck to us!



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