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Newt's release

Discussion in 'Salamanders & Newts' started by BlackJack, Nov 11, 2007.

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  1. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Hi everyone
    Thanks for all the advice, help and comments on my recent Alpine newt rescue.
    The weather warmed up to over 60 F today and should stay that way for the next few days, so we thought it would be better to release "Newt" and give her time to find a good winter place to hibernate.
    I just didn't feel confident enough to be able to keep her alive through the winter.
    We went up to the forest and found a great place for her to be released. Here are the pics. :)
    Release site:
    Me, climbing down to the creek on my backside; it was steep and slippery(ps -- bad hair day):
    Bye "Newt"!
  2. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    More pics

    Checking out her new home:
    Heading off:
    This looks like a good spot:
    Last pic:

    Farewell, little "Newt". I hope you have a long, happy, productive newt-life!
    Sniff, tear, sniff :)
  3. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Awww...she looked so big when you put her down. lol Good job, I hope she does well over the winter.
  4. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Thanks Marsha. :)
    I hope she does well too! With the current warm spell, hopefully she'll be OK finding a good hide-out for winter. I made sure she was well away from any foot-traffic, (as well as dusty cellars and spider webs) and close to the water, moss, rocks and dead leaves.
    Either way, she's way better off than she was Thursday morning! I'll take comfort in that and hope I did the right thing.
  5. Paige

    Paige Elite Member

    wow she is so pretty! I love newts =) I hope she lives a long happy life.
  6. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

  7. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    That's awesome!
  8. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Glad to see she is safely back in the woods, she had quite the experience.
    Thanks for the pictures too, it really enriches the thread!
  9. sprkn1

    sprkn1 Active Member

    she looks happy to be back home. Great job andrea i didnt know you where a rescuer too. :)
  10. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    great story!
  11. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Thanks everyone. I'm not technically a "rescuer" in any official capacity. In fact, this was my very first herp rescue! :)
    I greatly admire those who have the energy, faith, (money) and stamina to do real herp rescue.
    I have high hopes that "Newt" will do well, because although the other areas around Switzerland have gotten snow: we've still got it fairly warm. So I think she's had time to scout out a nice winter home and hopefully catch a few worms. Fingers crossed.
  12. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    It sounds like the weather's been nice enough that she'll find a winter home in time. She's probably already got one. Newts can function at much lower temperatures than reptiles it seems. 40-45 degrees F is little problem for them, and that's before they start hibernating.
  13. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Thanks Matt!
    I feel better now because the weather hasn't dropped below 40F since I released her.
    She seemed to like the woods a lot better than my plastic box. :)
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