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Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens The red eft has bright orange aposematic coloring, with darker red 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: Deciduous forest Eastern newt,Geotagged,Notophthalmus viridescens,Summer,United States,red eft Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens

The red eft has bright orange aposematic coloring, with darker red 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: Deciduous forest

    comments (6)

  1. Cutie patooot! Posted one year ago
    1. <3 Posted one year ago
  2. How did you find it if they hibernate under trees and rocks?
    Posted one year ago
    1. This is an old photo - from August 2017 ;)

      I definitely wouldn't find them in December. Although, I have rarely seen salamanders come out on warm winter days. But, they are very sluggish and no doubt question their decision to emerge from hibernation when they see the snow still on the ground.

      Here's a shot of one that I saw last December...The white in the background is snow!
      Red-backed Salamander This curious little fella seemed to be taking advantage of the unusual 50 degree F temperatures(10 degrees C). It was resting on a log that was covered in snow, and was very slow moving. Even with the warmer temperatures, I thought it strange that this salamander was out of hibernation. It had a black body with a red stripe down the middle of its back. This salamander was about 6cm long. <br />
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The red-backed salamander exhibits color polymorphism with two common color variations - the 'red-backed' variety has a red dorsal stripe that tapers towards the tail and the 'lead-backed' variety lacks most or all of the red pigmentation. The red-backed phase is not always red, but may actually be various other colors (yellow-backed, orange-backed, or white-backed). Fall,Geotagged,Plethodon cinereus,Red- backed salamander,Red-backed Salamander,United States,salamander
      Posted one year ago
  3. So nice! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! Posted one year 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.

Similar species: Salamanders
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Dec 23, 2018. Captured Aug 19, 2017 10:27 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm