Why is My Newt Not Eating?

Red-Tailed Knobby Newt

Written by Anthony

I am a content creator by profession but exotic animals are one of my great passions in life. Over the course of my adulthood, I have had the pleasure of looking after stick insects, terrapins, an Egyptian tortoise, giant African land snails, a crested gecko, a Chilean rose tarantula, a couple of curly-haired tarantulas, and a selection of millipedes, centipedes and worms!

Last Updated on October 27, 2020

If you have recently obtained a newt as a pet, you will obviously want to find out as much as you can about these fascinating creatures. Eventually, you might even run into issues such as why is the newt not eating. In regard to this particular problem, there are a few reasons.

New Surroundings

Your newt may be adjusting to its new surroundings. Sometimes animals need time to get used to a new environment and while they do may lose their appetite while they adjust. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the newt and to offer food regularly. The most likely scenario is that it will eat once it feels comfortable.

Do You Have More Than One Newt?

If you have more than one newt, it might be worth spending a bit of time monitoring how they are interacting with each other. In some cases, larger newts will dominate smaller ones, which can cause stress and prevent the dominated one from eating. If you notice this kind of dominating behavior, it might be a good idea to separate them and see if the smaller newt starts eating when not in the same tank.

Try Live Food

Although frozen food such as bloodworms is suitable for most newts, not all will enjoy this type of food. Some prefer live food, so it might be the case that you will need to buy live worms or even try digging for some outside if you can.

Although pretty gross, you might need to cut up the worms if you think they are too big for your newt to eat.

How Long Can Newts Go Without Food?

Newts should be fed every two to three days. If you have noticed that your newt is not eating, then you will need to try to establish the reason why this is happening. Make sure you are feeding suitable food and if you have been feeding only frozen food, try to mix it up by providing live food every two or three feeds. Remember that newts do not eat plants and cannot digest such foods.

If your newt has not eaten for more than a week, it might be best to seek expert advice.

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