- Feb 2, 2008
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Does anybody have an answer as to why this might have happened? It seems unusual.Hi everyone, very interesting forum, just thought I would share what I got told and the outcomes on having a UV or not with newts.
I got my first Chinese fire-bellied newt a few years back I wasnt told anything by the breeder about needed a UV light and after asking he said I didnt need one for a juvenile, just adult. However, my newt contracted metabolic bone disease due to an insufficient amount of vit. D and I was then recomended by a vet to get a UV light. Unfortunately that newt had to be put down because of his condition. I was still keen to keep these amazing animals so I did get another newt and hoping that I had solved the problem by getting a UV all would be well. Unfortunately about 18 months after I got him he contracted these very wierd lumps down the sides of his body. I took him back to the vet where he was operated on, and survived at 0.8 g), and was told that the lumps were once again due to metabolic bone disease which was causing his spine was curved so much it was pushing his organs to either side of his body. He picked up remarkably after his operation but sadly he has reduced movement again as the lumps seem to have "come back". His life is now shorter but he is still active and feeding well so im just letting him be at the moment. So after all this I cannot say whether the UV was needed or not but the latest suggestion I have had is to add calcium to his diet which I would like to do with him to see if it helps in anyway as it may be too late but am sceptical sbout getting another newt as I do not want to watch another little one go through this aweful disease again as I cannot care for them and provid them with what they need to live properly.