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 Picky eater: Fire-bellied newt - any suggestions?
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Posted - 12/04/2011 :  11:47:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone

I am a newbie to The Amphibian Forum and was wondering if anyone had any advice/ideas re varying the diet of my picky Chinese fire-bellied newt.

He's about 11 cm in length and is rather secretive. He mostly makes an appearance when he's hungry. He also likes to be lightly tickled!

Food-wise, he only seems to eat frozen and live bloodworms. I've tried Daphnia and brine shrimp, but he wasn't interested. I also tried floating a few little crickets on the surface of the water, but again, no joy. I'm just a little concerned that his diet isn't varied. Are there any negative long-term effects to a diet consisting only of bloodworms? Is there any other kind of food I could try?

Otherwise, my little guy seems to be healthy and happy!

Many thanks in advance!


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Posted - 17/04/2011 :  09:39:22  Show Profile  Visit punkman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
although obviously better to feed a varied diet, I wouldnt worry if your newt is eating live bloodworm.
Many years ago I raised my first newt eggs[alpine newts], and as soon as the larvae were large enough started them on live bloodworm.
Two of the resulting newts got a real taste for these and refused to eat anything else at all ever .
I still have one of the newts here, now over 12 year old, still eating only live bloodworm, and doing great.
I use live bloodworm as a staple diet for almost all of my newts here, but supplement with the occasional live tubifex-daphnia whiteworm[easy to culture], earthworm etc.


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