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Bloated Newt

Discussion in 'Salamanders & Newts' started by Nilly, May 26, 2008.

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  1. Nilly

    Nilly Member

    I have a chinese fire bellied newt called Kevin who I've had for about 13-14 years now. We feed him mainly on bloodworm and the very occasional waxworm.

    About a week ago now I noticed that he looked quite swollen around his abdomen. His legs looked a little swollen too. We haven't changed anything in his diet and other than the swelling he is acting perfectly normal and eating fine. There is no chance of him being pregnant (we call him a he, but who knows!) as he has lived on his own for a good few years now.

    Has anyone experienced anything like this with fire bellies?
  2. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Tell us more about his enclosure. Temps, lighting, substrate and water source.
  3. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    What Liz said... ;)
  4. Nilly

    Nilly Member

    Sorry about the slow reply, work doesn't seem to want me to have a home life!

    The substrate is large smooth pebbles, built up on one side to make a 'beach.' Theres also a floating turtle dock in there that they enjoys. I keep him at room temp and don't use any heating. I use just a low wattage fluorescent tube for lighting. For water I use dechlorinated tap water.
  5. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    How often are you cleaning and sanitizing?

    Does anyone know if newts get dropsy?
  6. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Could he be impacted?
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