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Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens Red efts have bright orange aposematic coloring, with darker, reddish spots outlined in black. This stage can last up to 4 years on land, during which time efts may travel far, which ensures outcrossing in the population. Efts eat small insects, snails, and other small arthropods. During winter, they hibernate under logs or rocks.<br />
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Habitat: Spotted in a mixed forest.<br />
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Habitat: Spotted in a mixed forest.<br />
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Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens

Red efts have bright orange aposematic coloring, with darker, reddish spots outlined in black. This stage can last up to 4 years on land, during which time efts may travel far, which ensures outcrossing in the population. Efts eat small insects, snails, and other small arthropods. During winter, they hibernate under logs or rocks.

Habitat: Spotted in a mixed forest.

Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens Red efts have bright orange aposematic coloring, with darker, reddish spots outlined in black. This stage can last up to 4 years on land, during which time efts may travel far, which ensures outcrossing in the population. Efts eat small insects, snails, and other small arthropods. During winter, they hibernate under logs or rocks.<br />
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Habitat: Spotted in a mixed forest.<br />
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    comments (23)

  1. Oh, salamanders, newts, always such beautiful colors! Posted 9 months ago
    1. Yes! Posted 9 months ago
  2. Gorgeous! You should make this creature your avatar :) Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy! I was actually thinking of doing that, but can't figure out how :D Posted 9 months ago
      1. You can set one up at www.gravatar.com. On that site, be sure to use the same email address you used to sign up for your JD account, and then you can upload any avatar you like over there. After setting it, it usually takes a few minutes before it is picked up here. Posted 9 months ago
        1. Okay, thanks! Posted 9 months ago
          1. It looks great! Posted 9 months ago
            1. Thanks for your help :) Posted 9 months ago
      2. Did you create your account via gmail account? If so, you can change your avatar on google and it will transfer to JD. Posted 9 months ago
        1. Lol, I just accidentally set up a new JD account in the process of trying to create an avatar. Posted 9 months ago
          1. XD Haha! Ooops! Posted 9 months ago
            1. ;P

              And, I just deleted myself!
              Posted 9 months ago
              1. Banhammer! Haha! Posted 9 months ago
                1. Bahahaha! Yep, I was too undesirable to be a member... Posted 9 months ago
                2. Please don't ban me ;) Posted 9 months ago
                  1. Sorry, but today’s forecast is cloudy with a chance of banhammer! Hehe. Posted 9 months ago
                    1. Bahaha! Posted 9 months ago
                    2. How about a compliment? Nice avatar! Posted 9 months ago
                      1. Lol, thanks ;P Posted 9 months ago
  3. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "The Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is a species of salamander found in eastern North America. It experiences a 3-stage life cycle: (1) the aquatic larval stage, (2) the terrestrial (juvenile) eft stage, and (3) the aquatic adult stage. This vibrant individual has entered the second life stage or the juvenile (eft) stage. This stage typically begins in late summer to early fall, when the larva sheds its gills and departs from its aquatic habitat, seeking out food and hibernation locations under logs, rocks, or soil.

    This red eft's striking red to orange color is a prime example of aposematic coloration, which serves in this case as a conspicuous warning to potential predators that there is an unpalatable and potentially deadly neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin within. The Eastern newt produces this toxin during all life stages, but the concentration is at its greatest during the red eft stage.

    After maturation, the red eft will eventually return to its aquatic habitat and undergo a second metamorphosis in which its skin returns to a green or brown color. It is during this aquatic adult stage that reproduction occurs. The aforementioned red eft stage can last up to 7 years, while the Eastern newt's total lifespan can reach up to 15 years!

    Eastern newts are not currently listed under a special conservation status but are thought to be on the decline as a result of anthropogenic habitat fragmentation. Additionally, polluted waters and acid rain are thought to have led to an increase in the rates of viral, bacterial, and fungal diseases in this species.{Spotted in Connecticut, USA by JungleDragon moderator, Christine Young} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 8 months ago
    1. Super- beautiful! Posted 8 months ago
      1. Thanks! Posted 8 months ago
    2. Thanks Lisa :) Posted 8 months ago

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The eastern newt or red-spotted newt is a common salamander of eastern North America. Eastern newts dwell in wet forests with small lakes or ponds. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, non-carnivorous fish, however, their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years in the wild, and may grow to 5 inches in length. The newts are a common aquarium pet, being either collected from the wild or purchased. The strikingly.. more

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Uploaded Oct 6, 2018. Captured Oct 6, 2018 10:59 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm