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Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens My first one of the season! It was small (only about 4 cm).<br />
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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 deciduous forest Eastern newt,Geotagged,Notophthalmus viridescens,Spring,United States,newt,red eft,salamander Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Eastern Newt (Red Eft) - Notophthalmus viridescens

My first one of the season! It was small (only about 4 cm).

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 deciduous forest

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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 May 31, 2019. Captured May 31, 2019 11:05 in 172 NY-292, Holmes, NY 12531, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm