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Old 10th November 2017   #1
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Default Aaaaayyyy. New newt keeper.

Hai guise!

I acquired a tiny Eastern red spotted newt eft a bit over a month ago, not realizing how much work they were. The little dude is still alive and now doing well, as far as I can tell.

Could it be doing better? Who knows. That's why I'm here :) The newt is currently in a 10gal tank with soil at the bottom and a few rocks and sticks in there to provide hiding places. The soil has 3 composting worms in it to clean stuff up if necessary.

Getting the newt to eat initially was...difficult/impossible. For about 3 weeks. I finally managed to get it to eat by holding mini bloodworms in front of its face with tweezers and attempting to wiggle the dead-frozen-and-thawed worms like they were alive. I still tweezer feed it thawed mini bloodworms, but now the newt always readily eats them. Progress!

I'll be asking more specific questions in other parts of the forums (especially re. feeding) but wanted to say hi.

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Default Re: Aaaaayyyy. New newt keeper.

These efts are notoriously difficult to raise- getting them to eat is one of the main challenges. You worked hard! I wish you continued success! You might try having small foods live in the tank? Fruit flies, springtails, small pill bugs.

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