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Agalychnis View Drop Down
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    Posted: 08 Aug 2014 at 4:57pm
Hello. We have a very stagnant pond in which various fly larvae and leech-type creatures live.
Recently I found 6 newt larvae living in it, which was surprising as the last amphibian residents (tadpoles) all died within a few weeks of hatching.
The newts have been living in a fish tank for the last few days. I think I can provide acceptable conditions for them, but I know keeping wild newts indoors is not a good idea.
The reason I am posting is to ask for your opinions as to how I should proceed. At the moment I am considering raising them through metamorphosis and releasing them either in the spring or early winter (depending on whether they hibernate as larvae or not).
What can I do to ensure the survival of these newts?
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Hi, assuming they're not crested newts, in which case you would need a dreaded licence, you can raise larvae quite easily in an unheated tank in a sunny part of the garden (with mesh to stop birds dipping for them, perhaps).  Feed them Daphnia from an aquarist.  Release the metamorphs beside the pond and they will return two years later to breed.  Meantime the pond might need a good clean-out, preferably in early October.
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