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The Chinese fire belly newt has three life stages: larvae, eft, and adult newt. These newts are in the terrestrial eft stage and will be for 1-3 years before they mature to adults and return to water. They have a life span of 10-15 years in captivity, these hatched in October 2017 so are ~4 months old. They are currently only ~2cm but will grow up to 10cm.

Terrestrial efts prefers small live foods such as pinhead crickets, fruit flies and fruit fly larvae, white worms, mosquito larvae, daphnia, bloodworms, chopped small earth worms etc. They can also be fed some frozen or freeze dried foods such as tubifex worms, bloodworms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, cyclops, etc.

Terrestrial newt efts need a tank with good ventilation and a secure lid as they are expert climbers and escape artists. Adult newts will require an aquarium with a minimum volume of 40L, and a minimum water depth of 25cm. Newts like cold temperatures, so no heater is required.

Please follow this link for a full care sheet on Chinese fire bellied newts (Cynops Orientalis):

PLEASE NOTE: The last four photos show the adult newts underwater, these are the parents of the efts for sale. The adults are NOT FOR SALE. The first six photos are of the actual juvenile newt efts for sale.

Pick up available from Mt Roskill or Mangere, Auckland.

NOW SHIPPING! Guaranteed live delivery throughout NZ, excluding rural addresses. Buyers may have their package delivered to a rural address at thier own risk. Newt efts will be shipped in a moss lined container inside an insulated box via tracked overnight courier. No signature will be required to prevent delivery delays. Please specify, when submitting your address, where the courier should leave your package if no one is home (a safe and shaded place). Packages will only be sent on Mondays and Tuesdays to avoid weekend delays.

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  • Seller location: Auckland City, Auckland, NZ

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