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Old 16-06-2003, 11:08 PM
James Cook
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Default Normal behaviour for newts ?

I've had newts in the ponds for a few years. I've never really seen them in
the height of the day - today however I spotted one in the grass in the pond
margin. He was all bloated and belly up - not dead though, he kept trying to
get himself under the surface. Some pics......


Does anyone know anything about newts ? Is this normal behaviour ?

It was hot in Essex btw, 28 celsius. Loads of frogs all round the edges
cooling off.

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Old 16-06-2003, 11:20 PM
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Default Normal behaviour for newts ?

I'm afraid he's done for.
I had a salamander once who carried on in
an odd fashion before he died.
I'd worry he's in pain.
Here's a solution recommended by one rec.ponder for easing critters into the
next life.
~~~use some clove oil (amount depends on number of fish/water) mixed with
just enough rubbing alcohol to dissolve it (1/2 teaspoon). Place fish in
bucket with just enough water to barely cover them, add the mix. They should
die really quick, within seconds.~~~~~~~~~~~

hope that helps.
and btw very nice pond in the pictures!


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