My pet is a newt
Triton ordinary - an amazing amphibian-long-liver, which can rightfully decorate any aquarium. In length, the amphibian can grow from 8 to 11 cm, the tail accounts for half this length. The back is olive-brown in color, and the belly is yellow with small dark spots. The head is decorated with black stripes. In males from the back of the neck to the tip of the tail, a beautiful comb grows in the mating season.
Triton ordinary settles in mixed and deciduous forests, likes to live in shady, damp places of parks and settlements. Winter and summer live on land, and in the spring prefers water. The amphibian hibernates in piles with foliage, in mink rodents and moles, can settle in a cellar or cellar. In April, he leaves the winter house in the nearest pond where he takes part in marriage games.
Triton ordinary at home
On the will of the female newts usually lay up to 150 eggs. In about 20 days, larvae hatch, with gills appearing in the water. By the 60-70 days of life, the gills disappear, and the kids, 3.5 cm long, rush to the land where their parents are already. On the shore, the children hide in rotten stumps, under damp leaves of the last year, in mink mammals.
Something similar needs to be recreated in newtons and at home. The aquarium should have a moistened small area of land and an aqua corner. It is necessary to have a presence in the aquarium and pre-foliage, and bark of trees, and moisture-loving plants such as ferns. The most suitable aquarium for these amphibians is a double, with glued glass separating water from the land.
Triton ordinary. Content
They feed on amphibians with invertebrates. When a newt lives in water, its table is mostly composed of daphnia, larvae of mosquitoes, cyclops and something similar. But on land they eat earthworms and larvae of insects living on the ground. In the aquarium, the newt may eat always larvae of mosquitoes. The condition is one - the feed must give signs of life, move. Often fed newts and bloodworms, which are placed in the trough a little moistened with water.
It is worth mentioning that the newt's triton is more difficult to keep in the aquarium because of its small size. It is necessary to select food, so the preference is given to larger individuals, while young animals are released at will (for example, in a zoo). A large difference in the size of individuals can lead to cannibalism.
When transporting this animal should be picked up as little as possible. The temperature of these amphibians varies with the temperature of the environment by several degrees, therefore, from contact with the human hand, they may have burns.
Triton is a very hardy animal. He can restore body parts, for example, instead of a lost limb, tail or finger, a new one grows. However, you should not check this. Survive a newt can, even after being a little frozen in the ice. They hibernate on land, but there are cases of wintering in streams.
I'll have to buy a lamp-heater in the dry zone of the aquarium. Comfortably feel amphibians during the day at 18 degrees, at night at 16. In general, it is not so difficult to contain newts, but it is unusual. Watching them in the aquarium will be interesting for you and your children.