Pet Profile: The Crested Newt
Also called the “warty newt,” or the “Great Crested Newt,” the Crested Newt has a grayish-brownish back with a pattern of darker spots that is unique to each individual newt. Only the male has the crest that runs along the back, and he has a sliver stripe along his tail. The female may be crestless, but she’s not colorless. She sports a yellow-orange stripe along her lower back and tail. The Crested Newt is a sturdy, robust fellow and is fairly easy to maintain.
The Crested Newt is easy to please because his tastes are broad. He does prefer live foods, so earthworms, freshwater shrimp, bloodworms, daphnia and whiteworms all work well. If he is willing to eat non-live foods, you may need to feed them to him with tweezers. Try frozen bloodworm, fish food pellets or reptile pellets like Tetrafauna® ReptoMin®. It’s important to know that Crested Newts are a bit territorial about their dinner and will snap at newts of a different size. If your newt has a roommate, it should be one of similar size.
An agreeable sort, this newt spends part of its year aquatically and part terrestrially, though he’s perfectly fine with being aquatic all year long. For a foursome of Crested Newts, their tank should be 18 x 12 x 12 inches. And to satisfy their semi-aquatic nature, you can create a semi-aquatic environment, providing both water for swimming and land for basking. This type of set-up needs to be larger, however. A Tetrafauna® Viquarium® <link TBD> is a great choice, because it combines realistic land and water environments, along with a hidden 3-stage Whisper® filtration system.
Your Crested Newt’s environment should be lower than 75o F and have plenty of ventilation for his optimal health. He doesn’t need light since he’s mainly a nocturnal critter. Your plants may need light, however, if you opt for live plants. In this case, choose a fluorescent fixture with a plant bulb.
If the Crested Newt loses his toe in a fight, no problem! He, like all newts, can grow another one.