Crested Newt For Sale
Southern Crested Newt For Sale
Triturus karelinii, often known as the southern crested newt, is a species of European newt found on land. Larger and more robust, it resembles the northern crested newt (Triturus cristatus ).
The Balkan-Anatolian crested newt (Triturus ivanbureschi ) was split off from the southern crested newt (Triturus cristatus ) in 2013, and the Anatolian crested newt (Triturus anatolicus ) was split off from T. ivanbureschi, making T. ivanbureschi the only representative of the Balkan region.
Southern Crested Newt Appearance
The backs of southern crested newts range in color from brown to gray, with splotches of deeper color. They have orange bellies and necks with little black spots. They may reach a maximum height of 18 cm (7.1 inches). A broad, sharp crest extends from the back of the male’s neck to the base of his tail.
Southern Crested Newt Habits and Lifestyle
By the time a child is 3–4, he or she has attained sexual maturity. Swamps, lakes, stagnant ponds, ditches and ephemeral pools, and streams are just some of the many breeding habitats they use. On average, boys may expect to survive to the age of eight, and girls, to the age of 11.
Danube Crested Newt For Sale
The Danube crested newt, also known as the Danube newt or Triturus dobrogicus, is a species of newt native to the Dnieper delta and the river basins of central and eastern Europe. While its body is smaller and more slender than that of other crested newts in the genus Triturus, its males, like those of other species, develop a prominent jagged seam on their back and tail during the mating season.
Adults spend at least half of the year breeding in slow-moving river edges, lakes, or ponds. There is a courting dance performed by the males, and each female lays 200 eggs on the leaves of water plants. Larvae spend between two and four months in the water before they transform into adults. Newts spend the rest of the year in shady terrestrial environments, often woods. Danube crested newt numbers have fallen dramatically due to habitat degradation but are not yet declared threatened. In the European Union, laws have been put in place to safeguard the species.
Danube Crested Newt Appearance
The Danube crested newt is the smallest of the crested newt species, with an average adult length of 13 to 15 centimeters (5.1 to 5.9 in) and a maximum of 18 centimeters (7.1 in) for females. Its small head and short limbs make it ideally suited to swimming, and its body is more slender and longer than those of other species. T. dobrogicus possesses the most rib-bearing vertebrae (16-17) of any crested newt, allowing for its distinctive body form to develop over time.
The back and sides of the Danube crested newt have a dark brown color with black markings and white stippling. The underside is reddish orange to yellow (other crested newts tend to be yellow or orange-yellow), with tiny to medium-sized black spots that are bordered by sharp edges. During the breeding season, male T. dobrogicus acquire a distinctive crest on their back and tail.
This crest, like that of other crested newts, can be fairly high and jagged; it typically begins between the eyes and nostrils and is interrupted at the base of the tail. During the mating season, males also have a bluish-white stripe along the length of their tail. Just like the Italian crested newt (T. carnifex ), females of this species occasionally have a distinctive yellow stripe along their backs.
Danube Crested Newt Habits and Lifestyle
The aquatic period of Danube crested newts is the longest of any Triturus species. The adults leave the water in February or March to head to their breeding grounds, where they will typically remain for the next six months (though they have been known to linger for longer or even return to the river in the fall). Throughout the courtship process, males engage in a series of ritualized actions intended to impress potential mates.
After they have the female’s attention, they lead her over a spermatophore they have deposited on the ground, which she then picks up with her cloaca. Internal fertilization occurs in the eggs. In the same manner as other crested newts, a female will lay roughly 200 eggs every season, each of which will be wrapped into the leaves of aquatic plants. The eggs and larvae of the lesser crested newt are smaller and require longer (two to four months) to complete metamorphosis and emerge from the water.
Newts are mostly nocturnal, both in the water and on land. Under plants in the water, and logs, rocks, or tiny animal burrows on land. In the water, they may also eat tadpoles and tiny newts, but on land, they stick to invertebrates. Heron and other bird species, snakes like the grass snake, and a variety of predatory animals are also potential threats.
Sexing Your Crested Newt
If you’re interested in purchasing one of our medium or adult sized amphibians, you’re welcome to specify a male or female newt (or a mix of the two) in your purchase; but, we cannot provide any sort of assurance regarding the sex. You may be certain, though, that an amphibian expert will make every effort to hand-pick the newt(s) you order.
Shipping Your Crested Newt
We retain the right to postpone your purchase in the extremely unlikely event of bad weather circumstances, since we sell reptiles, amphibians, tarantulas, and scorpions responsibly online. You will be alerted through email if this happens, and it is done only for the animal’s protection.