posted on Nov, 17 2008 @ 03:17 PM
Fire bellied newts can swim but they also like to crawl out of the water sometimes. Some more than others, if the tank was fully aquatic perhaps it
was more death by exhaustion because if the newt wanted out of the water it would swim around at the surface frantically, looking for a place to climb
out. This activity would continue until it was too tired to continue or it found a way out.