the online meeting place for all who love our amphibians and reptiles
Home Page Live Forums Archived Forums Site Search Identify Record Donate Projects Links
Forum Home Forum Home > Herpetofauna Native to the UK > Smooth Newt
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Newts
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login


 Post Reply Post Reply
Agalychnis View Drop Down
New Member
New Member

Joined: 08 Aug 2014
Location: Birmingham
Status: Offline
Points: 3
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Agalychnis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Newts
    Posted: 08 Aug 2014 at 4:57pm
Hello. We have a very stagnant pond in which various fly larvae and leech-type creatures live.
Recently I found 6 newt larvae living in it, which was surprising as the last amphibian residents (tadpoles) all died within a few weeks of hatching.
The newts have been living in a fish tank for the last few days. I think I can provide acceptable conditions for them, but I know keeping wild newts indoors is not a good idea.
The reason I am posting is to ask for your opinions as to how I should proceed. At the moment I am considering raising them through metamorphosis and releasing them either in the spring or early winter (depending on whether they hibernate as larvae or not).
What can I do to ensure the survival of these newts?
Back to Top
will View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member

Joined: 27 Feb 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 1830
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2014 at 4:50pm
Hi, assuming they're not crested newts, in which case you would need a dreaded licence, you can raise larvae quite easily in an unheated tank in a sunny part of the garden (with mesh to stop birds dipping for them, perhaps).  Feed them Daphnia from an aquarist.  Release the metamorphs beside the pond and they will return two years later to breed.  Meantime the pond might need a good clean-out, preferably in early October.
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 11.06
Copyright ©2001-2016 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.063 seconds.