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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 4th December 2016   #1
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Lightbulb Can newts see in the dark?

Hey guys.. important question here haha can newts see in the dark?!
I felt terrible turning of the light at night when I saw little foot was busy eating! (She's very fussy and unskilled when it comes to eating)

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Yes most are nocturnal



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Default Re: Can newts see in the dark?

Yeah, I'm not sure if they can see with their eyes as well in the dark as during the day but they can certainly get around and hunt fine. As me cyclone said, most are nocturnal and do their hunting at night. I've dropped in black worms for my newts at night before before I went to sleep and the next morning all the worms are gone and my bewts have plump bellies. You should still feed before you sleep whenever you can just so you can better control how much they eat and how long uneaten food is left in the tank.



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Default Re: Can newts see in the dark?

Hi Sam, good question. Try Google Scholar. Just type in your question,
It would seem there are a whole lot of things newts can do in the dark.
Take a look at this: Displaying in the dark: light-dependent alternative mating tactics in the Alpine newt | SpringerLink

Remember there's dark and there's DARK. You have senses working together and it appears given particular environmental conditions, one sense will take a lead.



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Default Re: Can newts see in the dark?

Thank you everyone! Little foot was nice and plump in the morning

Will try to feed nice and early next time so I can move out the food dish, it just took a while for her to get into the food!

If i leave it in there too long the naughty bigger newts drag it in the water, tip it over, eat the food and then hide under it when I come by the tank haha! Crazy creatures



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Default Re: Can newts see in the dark?

That's pretty cool



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Default Re: Can newts see in the dark?

I think so, but it probably depends on species



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Here is said newt hiding after tipping it over
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Default Re: Can newts see in the dark?

I have built myself a IR videocamera once the lightsource were cheap IR LEDs which spectrum was very close to (for humans) visible light. I am certain they were blended by the LEDs, at least some species. They were fleeing from the lightsource if it got too close. So what is dark for you can still be (and is) a good situation for your animals



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I have built myself a IR videocamera once the lightsource were cheap IR LEDs which spectrum was very close to (for humans) visible light. I am certain they were blended by the LEDs, at least some species. They were fleeing from the lightsource if it got too close. So what is dark for you can still be (and is) a good situation for your animals
Interesting observation, something I haven't tried.
If I want to watch my newts after dark I use a red torch (bicycle rear light!). It's something I've always done to watch nocturnal catfish as red is apparently invisible to them, I think the newts can pick it up better than the fish, but they don't seem bothered by it and carry on as if I wasn't there.



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