Braeburn and Smith

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-01 19:15

I feel really guilty for hiding Kev's gorgeous pictures of Forest with my thread now...
Sorry Kev!

Anyhow, this is Braeburn and Smith, my two adopted Chinese Fire Belly Newts.

Braeburn is the one climbing out here, you can see the mad orange flash on her tail where she's twizzled around...
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They're very friendly, and surprisingly vocal. Smith (top) was popping and clicking happily. It's funny to watch, he looks like he's coughing.
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Smith has wandered off fpr a bit - he likes the water the most. I didn't get any pics of him swimming, as my camera died just as I was going to get a sweet shot.
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Ooh look, orange tummy! Magic colours, they really are.
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Hello again!
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I will of course take more pictures at a later date!
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Postby Kev » 2006-12-01 19:21

Those are awesome, and don't worry about knocking Forests topic off the top, it was well worth it to see those little newts.

Great pics and I can't wait to see more :D
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Postby oxymoron » 2006-12-01 20:07

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Postby saracen » 2006-12-02 10:58

Yay! Concgrats! They are lovely..... More pics!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-02 18:03

*laughs* I'll see them on Monday, so with a little luck there may be more photos on Tues.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-12-03 11:59

Luv to see a full frontal, :lol1: great pics :tup:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-03 21:18

*rolls eyes*
Honestly Mick...

I'll see what I can do. Smith likes to swim a lot, so I may well get one of him.

If I don't, then next week I'll get my trusty clear plastic container out. I'll give them time to settle properly :)

They're really easy to care for, I think my only problem will be keeping it cool enough, but I'm working on solutions for that...
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Postby Terweq » 2006-12-07 18:49

Cool newts! Very nice photos IBF!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-08 23:39

Thankees! And here come some Newtie pics.
Including Mick's "full frontals"...

Newt house.
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Smith doesn't think much to frozen food, but Braeburns a pig for it.
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But they're very laid back about being handled. But then I'm used to handling a tempermental axolotl.
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BOO!
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Spot the newts. Oh, wait. There they are.
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Fat Braeburn.
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Skinny Smith. Note how the cloacal region (near the hind legs) is a lot more noticable than Braeburns? Smith may well be a male, but we won't know for a few months for sure.
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Ain't they just the cutest couple?
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And the next series is Smith walking underwater. Excuse the bubble stuck to his head. It's been too warm the last few days, and has only just got cool enough to swim again.
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THATAWAY!
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Bubblehead? Light headed?
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And hops off to wander off about here.
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Postby Kev » 2006-12-09 09:34

Again, awesome pictures IBF. Luckily for you they eat frozen bloodworm, mine have not touched it since day one so all I feed mine is live bloodworm. My newts always have bubbles stuck to them when they go for a swim after being on land for a bit.

Awesome tank too, nice one :tup:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-09 15:34

Well, he was curious enough. Went round with one stuck to his head for about five minutes too, but decided he doesn't eat dead things.

Not bad for the pricetag is it? :D
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-12-15 13:16

Awesome, full frontals too :woot: Yeah! I thankee :tup:
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-12-15 17:43

wicked ! those underwater pics look wicked!
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-12-15 21:23

Thanks, I was rather pleased with them.
It's a bit too warm at the moment for them, so I'm trying to see if we can shuffle furniture around to put them in a cooler room in a couple of weeks.
However, I'll try to take some more photographs reasonably soon. It is a bit difficult, as I have to lie flat on my stomach in a two foot gap that's only five foot long - the room is a bit full of beds and computers and such at the moment. And I'm just about six foot long myself.

I had a right panic the other day, I thought we'd lost one, that Smith'd escaped.
Kev confirmed this was quite possible, and a Newt Hunt was on.
Turns out the flipping creature had climbed into the tiniest little tunnel in a bit of corkbark, completely concealed.
IN the tank.

*sighs*
Thanks for the advice though Kev, I'll keep that in mind.

Word of warning to any would be keepers - these guys can get ANYWHERE.
Only found him the second time I shook said bit of wood about. And boy, they can cling to stuff.
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Postby Kev » 2006-12-16 11:01

lol, no problem IBF. As for the escaping bit, as long as the lid is heavy enough and there are no gaps then there shouldn't be a problem with them getting out..... but hell they can climb lol, I have wood sticking out of the water for mine and the little sods still insist on clambering up the glass to get to the highest point of the woody structure.

But yeah, these guys can squeeze into stupidly small gaps without a problem, as you found out :P
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