Red-spotted Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens

Red-spotted Newt (aquatic) Red-spotted Newt (aquatic)
Aquatic adult Aquatic adult
Photo by Robert Rold Photography Photo by Robert Rold Photography
Red-spotted Newt pair (red efts) Red-spotted Newt
Red efts Red eft
Photo by Robert Rold Photography Photo by Eric Williams
Description:  The Red-spotted Newt ranges in size from 1.5-5 inches.  Terrestrial adults, called red efts, are dull to bright orange with bright red spots encircled with a black border.  They range in size from 1.5-3.5 inches.  Aquatic adults are olive green with yellow bellies.  Aquatic adults have the red spots as well.  They range in size from 2.5-5 inches.

Habitat:  Red efts are found upland, moist woods.  Aquatic adults are found in ponds, woodland pools and other aquatic places.

Behavior:  Terrestrial newts have a rough, dry texture unlike most other salamanders which have moist, smooth skin.  Young Red-spotted Newts are born from eggs laid in water.  The larvae transform into the red eft stage, spending 1-3 years on land before returning to water.  Once in water they transform once again into the aquatic adult.  Occasionally the red eft stage is skipped, and the larvae transform directly into aquatic adults.

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