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I got a chance to take some pretty decent (for me) shots of my newts. Plus, one of their elusive offspring - I had to sneak up on him to get a picture ;)

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Slow foot, I just wanted to let you know that I think you have some of the most beautiful Notophthalmus that I've seen on the forum. Keep up the great work, they look very healthy!;)
 

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Thank you :happy: I try to keep them happy. I'm actually really hoping that they breed again this year even though it was a pain to look after the larvae.
 

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Great looking newts! Where'd you get them?
 

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I got them from some big chain pet store (I'm not even sure if it's still in business) around 17 years ago - they were very common in the pet trade back then.
 

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I took a few more pictures yesterday, and thought I'd share.

I don't think I included any shots of the darker of the two females in the last batch. She's not exactly more shy than the other newts, but she's a lot more active and harder to get pictures of.

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A couple more pictures of the adults and their new habitat:

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I moved the last larva into the adults' old tank. He's got a lot of space, but he spends most of it pressed up against the glass in the front begging for food. He had been horribly bloated a few months back, and I'm pretty sure he still has issues with it because he becomes immensely swollen after eating. He's a very friendly little guy and I hope he makes it :(

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I managed to catch one shot of his two siblings out and about:

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That is a beautiful tank. What kind of fern do you have in there?
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Wow! slowfoot, that tank looks spectacular! Very impressive.
 

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That is a beautiful tank. What kind of fern do you have in there?
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Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

That's resurrection fern, which grows on everything down here. I'm told it's hard to keep in terrariums because it needs to dry out between waterings. So far, it still looks good. It's probably only a matter of time before I kill it, though.
 

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Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

That's resurrection fern, which grows on everything down here. I'm told it's hard to keep in terrariums because it needs to dry out between waterings. So far, it still looks good. It's probably only a matter of time before I kill it, though.

Well you seem to be doing a good job. I tried one once years ago with poor results.
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Thats an awesome tank! I love Notos, but they do tend to love the land. I have to build a tank for mine but itll take longer than expected.

Cant believe those suckers are over 17 years old! Wow! Do you raise the young in the same tank or do you get all elaborate for them? :)
 

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Thanks for the comments!

ravenous: I take the larvae out. Actually, I take the eggs out. The parents are voracious (I wanted to write 'ravenous'!) eaters and they'll find anything edible in the tank. I once tried releasing some Daphnia in there to see if I could raise them as a source for larvae food, but the adult newts ate them all.

My adult newts have actually never left the water. Even when I include spots for them to come out, they never do.

antcatcher11: They're cute, aren't they :D I think they're just as nice looking as red efts.

A couple random tank pictures (sorry for the poor quality). The water is a little tannic, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Though the plants are really taking off:

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And the male newt - you can sort of see the nuptial pads on his back feet here:

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Cant believe those suckers are over 17 years old! Wow!
I believe it. I got a group of N. v. dorsalis in 1983, and the last one died in 2004.
 

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It's funny how they spend more time nipping at each other than going after the food! Thanks for the video.
 

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Is food often scarse in their natural habitat? by the way, excellent photos and videos. those are wonderful animals and a beautiful tank!
 
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