Fire Belly Newt (Cynops orientalis)

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Fire Belly Newt

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Underside of C. orientalis

Cynops orientalis

38 Litres (10 US G.)

10-6 cm (3.9-2.4")




7.0 - 8.0

14.4-20°C (58 -68 °F)

5-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit]

Fire Belly Newt, Fire Newt, Chinese Fire Belly Newt


This amphibian originates from the rivers of South-east Asia.



Tank compatibility[edit]

Fire Belly Newts are best kept in species tanks. They have very specific needs and will eat whatever they can fit in their mouths. They can also excrete a toxin from glands by their head which could harm other creatures. They are most definitely not compatible with other creatures that require a tropical environment.


Will take most amphibian/reptile prepared foods, the food should not be wider than the width of their head to avoid serious feeding problems. They may also accept bloodworm, commercially-raised crickets and other invert foods. Live foods should be gut loaded before they're fed to the Newt.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed every other day or every day

Environment Specifics[edit]

Bogwood or some other perch should be provided so the animal can climb out of the water to sun themselves. They are coldwater creatures and will not tolerate temperatures above 24°C (75.2°F) . They do require filtered aquaria as they can be quite messy, however, they will not tolerate strong currents.


Likes to spend the day warming up in the light above water and will spend the night in the aquarium.


Fire belly newts have a black body with black spotted red belly, hence its name.


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