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Red Spotted Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens

Description:

The red eft form is the juvenile stage of the red spotted newt, which is also called the eastern newt. The juveniles are orange-red in color and are patterned with darker spots outlined in red. The adults retain the spots, but turn into an olive green color. They can grow up to 5 inches, and may live 12 to 15 years in the wild.

Habitat:

The red spotted newt lives in small lakes, ponds, streams, or wet forests. The juveniles leave their ponds and streams and travel overland to seek out new bodies of water.

Notes:

I found several of these newts in the red eft stage on the Western Maryland Rail Trail between Pearre and Hancock, Maryland during an afternoon rain shower. The coin in the picture is a penny.

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11 Comments

Nate Swick
Nate Swick 5 years ago

Very nice, but not a reptile

Logan7
Logan7 5 years ago

I used to have one as a pet very amazing creatures

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

what a cool little duuude! looks like hes made of animated magma!

flybeasley
flybeasley 6 years ago

Sorry I should have used this link.

http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/west...

flybeasley
flybeasley 6 years ago

http://www.westernmarylandrailtrail.org/...
Info on the trail.
NauticalMuse
Thank you for sharing.

JamieDorton
JamieDorton 6 years ago

I used to catch these guys when I was a child at Elk Neck St. Park in North East Md.. I thought they were so exotic ;)

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 6 years ago

Cute!

Beautiful!

NauticalMuse
NauticalMuse 6 years ago

It amazed me that they actually get that bright!

Gj Met
Gj Met 6 years ago

Beautiful picture!!!

harsuame
harsuame 6 years ago

Wow Que color intenso bien

Maryland, USA

Lat: 39.66, Long: -78.23

Spotted on May 21, 2012
Submitted on May 30, 2012

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