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Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)

Eastern Newt photo.
Photo © Bob Howe
  • Family: Salamandridae (Newts)
  • Status: Common
  • Size: 2.5 to 4 inches

range map

Species range

Aquatic adults have smooth skin with orange and black spots on a brownish-orange to light olive-colored background. The ventral side is yellowish with many black flecks. Terrestrial adults are dark olive to brown above with a whitish ventral side speckled with black flecks. The skin of terrestrial adults is textured like medium sandpaper. The eft, the terrestrial juvenile phase, is primarily a plain brown-orange color with tiny black flecks throughout. Newts live in well-vegetated woodland ponds, roadside ditches and more permanent riparian wetlands. They eat small earthworms, snails, aquatic insects and other amphibian larvae.

Photos


Eastern Newt  Photo

Photo © Bob Howe.

Eastern Newt  Photo

Photo by Rori Paloski, WDNR.

Last revised: Wednesday, October 14, 2020