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    What do you guys feed your fire-bellied newts? I got this pellet stuff, but the newt I bought about a week ago won't eat any of it. Today, he took a long look at one, and then tried to take a bite, and then recoiled. I bought these pellets because it's cold in Pennsylvania now, and earthworms and other things are hard to find. Does anyone have any suggestions? Could it be that my newt is just getting used to his home and doesn't feel like eating? How long can they go without food?
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    try Caudata.org
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    I had two of these newts when I was teenager. For me they were like rocks--I hardly ever cleaned their cage, and never worried about them and they lived for years and never complained, never got sick. I always fed them these sticks, probably like the pellets you are using. It's the only thing I ever fed them. I know, not much help. It would be pretty cool though to put them in a terrarium with plenty of plants, some nice driftwood and rocks and perhaps some hardy fish to round out the scene. Perhaps you could post soem pics? Anyhow, have fun with those!

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    You can get 1000 redworms shipped for around $20 or so(last I checked). Of course you have to keep them alive.
    What is your set up? Petstores carry "pinhead" crickets(the tiny ones). If you have a crawlout space put them on that. They will end up in the water(of course), and the newt should see them kicking around.

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    I have a fire bellied frog, and a red bellied newt in my large CP tank. When my red bellied newt is lurking where I can see him, I drop an earthworm or red wiggler near or in front of him. Then he snoops up to it, and when the worm wiggles, he chomps onto one end end and thrashes all around like a alligator.

    Fishing stores carry the red wigglers, or you can set up your own worm bin (do a search for Vermiculture).

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    I had an Eastern Newt when I was young. I do not think I had the greatest luck with them.
    I would think that you could get some frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms for your newt. You can also pick up some live foods at some pet stores, such as live brine shrimp or CA Black Worms.


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    The only problem with the easter newt is that it's small(compared to fire bellies, though I have seen some tiny ones of late). The food has to be smaller, so as you said, you have to go a little more out of your way to find live food for them.

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    Hey,I'm really late responding to this post but I had 2 fire belly newts(in with my 3 fire belly toads)and they all ate crickets [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] Hope that helps.*Trapper7*
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