Spanish Ribbed Newt (Pleurodeles Waltl)A.K.A. Iberian Ribbed Newt Description:Habitat and Tank Requirements:Diet:Handling:Allow your salamander time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.Spanish Ribbed Newts are mainly insectivorous and will feed on small crickets, mealworms, wax worms, earthworms, and any other insects small enough for them to ingest. They will also eat brine shrimp and food pellets. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.Be sure there are no openings through which your salamander can escape. A hole large enough for it to stick its head through is big enough for it to escape.These animals are comfortable in temperatures ranging from 65-72° F. They do not need special lighting.Although they prefer the water, they need some land, rocks, or plants to climb and hide in. A 15-20 gallon tank can house 1 or 2 adults.This species does best in a mostly aquatic environment. Use common sense if picking out a water filter: a pump that is too small will leave the water dirty, while a too-powerful pump with filter out the microorganisms needed to maintain a healthy pH. Misting the tank with water every day or two is also recommended.This species is native to the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco.Spanish Ribbed Newts are grey to brown in color, have granular skin, and a flat appearance. They typically grow from 6-8 inches, but can reach a foot in length. They can live between 7-10 years if properly cared for.