Fire Bellied Newt Care SheetFire Bellied Newt Care Sheet. Fire Bellied Newts are the next best thing to a lizard or turtle – but easier to keep!! Read on for more info…..
Common names: There are two kinds of Fire-Bellied Newt that are readily available in the pet trade:
Japanese Fire-Bellied Newt: Cynops pyrrhogaster
Chinese Fire-Bellied Newt: Cynops Orientalis
The Chinese Fire-bellied Newt may sometimes also be referred to as the Oriental Fire-Bellied Newt or the Dwarf Fire-Bellied Newt.
Description: They are usually dark brown to black with red or orange undersides, hence the name Fire-Bellied. The Japanese Fire-Bellied Newt is larger than the Chinese Fire-Bellied Newt and they tend to have red speckled bellies. They have rough skin, while the Chinese Fire-bellied Newts have smooth skin and a speckled orange underside.
Size: Japanese Fire-Bellied Newts average at about 9-12 CM (3.5-5 inches), while Chinese Fire-Bellied Newts will only grow to 6-10 CM (3-4 inches).
Life span: Fire-Bellied Newts can live up to 30 years with appropriate care, but average at about 10-15 years generally.
Origin: Japanese Fire-Bellied Newts are native to Japan on the Islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. The Chinese Fire-Bellied Newt is native to China.
Temperament: Fire-Bellied Newts are a very active species of newt, so they make great pets. They are great first amphibians, because they are relatively easy to care for. They may be quite shy when they are first introduced to a new set up, but usually become more active when they become accustomed to their surroundings.
Alone or Together: Fire-Bellied Newts can be housed together with other Fire-Bellied Newts, but be careful if you choose to co-habit them with other species. Fire-Bellied Newts secrete a toxin from their skin that can harm other inhabitants with prolonged exposure.
Housing: An Aquarium or glass terrarium will be needed to house your Fire-Bellied Newts.
Fire-Bellied Newts are semi-aquatic and need a 70/30 split within their tank, with 30% being land based, while the other being a water area. Alternatively, you could have a fully aquatic set-up, with floating islands of cork bark or large rocks pertruding out of the water to give your newts a place to rest and bask.
They are good at escaping, so care should be taken to ensure your tank has a tight fitting lid.