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Old 11-20-2017, 04:08 PM   #1
Help Identifying Newt

Please, help! My step father recently caught some minnows and crayfish for his aquarium, and along with those was a newt (pictures attached). It may still be in its tadpole phase, but I was curious to see if there was any way to identify it as it is now. It is about an inch and a half in length right now, if that helps.

I was also curious to know if I should move it to its own enclosure, and what might I need to make it more comfortable and healthy.
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:28 PM   #2
This isn't a newt, this is the larvae of a dusky salamander, Desmognathus sp. It will eventually metamorphose into a terrestrial adult. Based upon your location this is most likely a spotted dusky salamander, Desmognathus conanti.
Old 11-20-2017, 07:43 PM   #3
Oh! Thank you very much, Snowgyre! This helps a lot!
I suppose all I need now is information on how to handle and care for it. I've grown attached to the little guy.
Old 11-21-2017, 08:55 PM   #4
It should be separated from the crayfish. Crayfish can be very predatory in a small aquarium. I haven't worked with this type of salamander before, but generally speaking, keep it cool. Most small waterdogs can successfully feed on frozen bloodworms, which are available at any petco/smart or aquarium specialty store. A few are picky and require live. Make sure that you have an easily accessible land area for when the larva is ready to metamorphose. Adults need a cool humid environment with plenty of hiding places and access to fresh, dechlorinated water. Again, haven't worked with this species, but small live bugs generally work as prey.
Old 11-22-2017, 01:27 PM   #5
Thank you very much, Elena! I'll invest in a separate tank and give it what it needs

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