Central Newt Fact Sheet

Class:
Amphibia
Order:
Caudata
Family:
Salamandridae
Genus:
Notophthalmus 
Species:
viridescens
Size:
2.8 – 4.8 in.
Weight:
4.4 oz
Reproduction:
A female may deposit  200 to 400 single, jelly-covered eggs on submerged vegitation
Life Span:
12 – 15 years
Range:
Native to North America, ranging from southern Canada south, roughly to the border of Mexico and the United States
Habitat:
Found in both deciduous and coniferous forests. Both larvae and adult newts live in small, well vegetated bodies of fresh water, usually with mud bottoms.
Diet:
Diet consists of invertebrates and small vertebrate prey
Description:
Adults vary in color ranging from yellowish-brown to greenish-brown dorsally and have black-bordered red spots. The ventral color is yellow and black spots speckle the belly.

 

Fun Facts: 

  • Once the female lays her eggs, there is no parental involvement.

  • Eft, or young newts, are nocturnal and are more active on rainy nights.

  • Predators include birds, mammals, fish, and other amphibians.

 

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Photo By Psyon [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped.