10-03-2012, 03:17 PM
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My direc t experience is only with newts, but I agree with all that's been posted so far. They must have an area above water, it can be a bit damp, but they do like to leave the water and roam about over moss, logs, stones, gravel.
Newts are best on their own. And acquire all of them together, at the same time as much as possible. Years ago I read that once an amphibian habitat is established, additional amphibians should not be added to it. And in my experience over many years, this has been sound advice; new newts for some reason rarely survive past a few weeks, and sometimes an existing newt will die at the same time. Perhaps something to do with toxins released by the newts, diseases, or whatever.
One of the most common newts is the Japanese Firebelly Newt. I bought two back in 1983 and they turned out to be male/female, and bred in 1985. My last surviving offspring lived into its 21st year (2006), and would probably have gone longer had it not managed to escape the tank and die before I could find it. So, in the proper environment and with good care, newts can be very long-lived.