In its eastern chinese habitat the Chinese Fire Belly Newt Cynops orientalis inhabits small standing to slowly flowing overgrown waters. Females can get up to 10 cm long, the males remains with approximately 8 cm somewhat smaller. They can be kept predominantly aquatic, but a small land part with hiding places and climbing possibilities is appreciated. They do not like longer periods with high temperaturse above 25°C, when kept in-house no heating is necessary. Living food like worms, water insects and their larvae are prefered. When kept together with small fishes caution is required, since these are gladly eaten. For breeding attempts the animals should be kept at lower temperatures for some weeks. They spawn on leafs of aquatic plants, the development of the larvae is temperature-dependent and with 3 – 4 weeks quite short.
(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)
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