Fire-bellied newts like cool temperatures of 68 F or 20 C. But they can tolerate 70 F or 21 C. They may become sick if you keep your tank at higher temperatures. I’m going to go lower the temperature for Randal1 and Randal2 right now. Perhaps that is why they are sluggish and very seldom move.
Fire-bellied newt have glands on the side of their head that secrete toxins. This can cause skin irritations and may be poisonous to some animals. Do NOT handle your fire-bellied newts unless you absolutely have to and after touching them wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
There are two kinds of newts that are referred to as fire-bellied newts commonly kept as pets. The Cynops orientalis is the Chinese fire-bellied newt (also called the oriental fire-bellied newt or the dwarf fire-bellied newt) and the Cynops purrhogaster is the Japanese fire-bellied newt.
The Chinese fire-bellied newt, Cynops orientalis is approximately 3-4 inches long (6-10 cm), with smooth skin that is dark brown to black over most of their body. Their fire-belly usually has orange as the predominant color. They have poison glands on the sides of their head. Randal1 and Randal2 are Chinese fire-bellied newts.
The Japanese fire-bellied newt, Cynops pyrrhogaster, is approximately 3.5 to 5 inches long (9-12 cm) with a rough or bumpy appearance to the skin. Usually its fire-belly is more of a speckled pattern of red-orange. They have poison glands on the side of their head.
Fire-bellied newts will regulate their intake of food and do not usually become obese even if food is available at all times.
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