Spanish Ribbed newts are native to the Iberian Peninsula and the coastal areas of northwestern Morocco. They usually inhabit small ponds, marshes and slow-moving streams, preferring calm water with very little current. During the day they hide among aquatic plants and in submerged leaf litter.
Most ribbed newts offered for sale are usually in their aquatic eft stage and are between 3 and 5 months of age. At this stage they have lost their external gills, dorsal and ventral tail crests and resemble 3- to 4-inch-long terrestrial salamanders. This is a perfect age and size at which to obtain your new pet, because at this stage they will readily accept commercial newt pellets and no longer require live food.