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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 November 2017   #1
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Default Missing newt :(

Hey guys I've just realised one of my newts is missing (my favourite one too sadly)

I've been so busy with the baby newts and baby leopard geckos recently and haven't done a proper count up of my newts in probably 2-3 weeks and only just noticed he was missing when feeding them last night I feel like such a horrible person.

I'm not sure if he would of escaped because he is the only newt who wouldn't climb or venture out of the water at all. The only other thing I can think of is everyone else ate him? They are all well fed. Would the other newts do this? Possibly he passed away first? It's driving me crazy not knowing what happened to my little guy.
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Old 13th November 2017   #2
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Default Re: Missing newt :(

Sorry to hear that. Chances are that he climbed out. Had he passed away and was eaten, or, was eaten alive, you would've seen something.

I know how it feels; my female alpine newt climbed out of one of two holes in my screen lid that I forgot to cover back up. Fortunately, I found her on the floor the morning after and she recovered.

I don't want to sound preachy, but a cover is mandatory with newts. It doesn't matter how rarely they appear to climb; one day they will.



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Default Re: Missing newt :(

If she might still be alive, leave a wet towel around the tank, or maybe a couple in the room. I think they can smell water. It certainly might attract it.



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Default Re: Missing newt :(

I agree with Otter woman. The wet towel trick works for escaped snakes, it ought to work for newts as well. An escaped amphibian will, by necessity, seek out moisture quickly.



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