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Warty Newts (Paramesotriton & Laotriton) & Paddletail Newts (Pachytriton Often sold incorrectly as Japanese fire-bellied newts, these territorial newts are distinct from other genera and very interesting in their own right.

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Default P. Chinensis juvenile care?

Hi all, I'll be acquiring a group of 5 terrestrial juvenile chinensis and I'd like to know what temps should I keep them at? I searched but info on these guys is really minimal. Also are they good feeders? I'll be offering small red runner roaches and earthworm pieces. Thanks for any input!



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The most up to date information I can find on raising baby Chinensis recommends treating them like juvenile Laotriton.
Basically, damp paper towel substrate with a pile of leaf litter at one end for hiding. I've used the same method for Japanese Cynops species and it works very well. I normally offer chopped small nightcrawllers, whiteworms or live bloodworm with multivitamin supplement to terrestrial babies and havent had any problems. I've no experience feeding roaches so I don't know if they will catch them, but unlike Laotriton they will use their tongues when hunting so it's worth trying for sure.
Good luck with them, I think Paramesotriton will become very scarce in the hobby now the wild caught adults are drying up.



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Thanks for your reply! I had no idea these guys use their tongues when hunting! I know they're becoming more scarce that's why I decided to keep them. I will use damp paper towels and dead oak leaves and if they'll accept, I prefer to tong feed them individually to better monitor their food income. Small roaches might be too fast for them but they might eat them off the tongs.



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