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Fire-Belly & Sword-Tail Newts (Cynops & Hypselotriton) Perhaps the most famous and frequently bred newts in captivity, the fire-bellied newts and sword-tail newts are well known throughout the world as being excellent, gregarious captives.

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Old 12th April 2015   #1
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Default Fire-belly fat, bloated, or pregnant?

I have had these three fire-bellies for about a year now, and I have always observed when feeding and have never noticed one getting more food than the others. But lately this one in particular has gained TONS of weight. I know for a fact he doesn't get more food than the others because like I said I observe feeding, and I was informed that bloating affects the entire body not just the abdominal area. Is that true? I only have them in this small cup for comparison reasons, they live in a ten gallon. Can anyone give me an opinion or point me to a thread that will help? I'm not too concerned because he is not acting sick in any way and acts like a perfect newt But I don't understand how it could be pregnant because I thought you had to go through a whole ordeal to induce pregnancy. OH and his/her cloaca is not swollen, but it seems to jut/stretch out further than usual so i have no idea what sex it is. The other one has a very swollen cloaca hinting that it is a male while the other's is not. Thanks!
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Old 12th April 2015   #2
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I suspect you have a gravid newt :)

Caudata Culture Articles: Bloat



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Yes, pregnant! :)



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Default Re: Fire-belly fat, bloated, or pregnant?

Well that's surprising!! How do I know if they will be fertilized, or if they will just be blanks?? Can anyone point me to a reliable forum or link?? Because I have no idea what to do and I can't seem to find anything online. How do I ensure they will be fertilized?? Anything will help! Thanks for your help!!!



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Default Re: Fire-belly fat, bloated, or pregnant?

You will not know until the eggs are laid.

These are useful to read :-

Caudata Culture Species Entry - Cynops orientalis - Chinese firebelly

Caudata Culture Articles - Raising Newts and Salamanders from Eggs

Finally, reading through the posts of this section of the forum will provide lots and lots of information :)

Species, Genus & Family Discussions - Fire-Belly & Sword-Tail Newts (<em>Cynops</em> & <em>Hypselotriton</em>) at Caudata.org Newt and Salamander Portal

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Yup she was pregnant! Laying eggs all over the place. Now just gotta wait and see if they're fertile.
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Default Re: Fire-belly fat, bloated, or pregnant?

Let me know if you decide to sell any of the efts! =)



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Let me know if you decide to sell any of the efts! =)
I'll let you know! Seems my second female is gravid as well. :)



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