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Red Spotted Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens


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.


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.


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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Nate Swick
Nate Swick 10 years ago

Very nice, but not a reptile

Logan7 10 years ago

I used to have one as a pet very amazing creatures

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

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

flybeasley 11 years ago

Sorry I should have used this link.

flybeasley 11 years ago
Info on the trail.
Thank you for sharing.

JamieDorton 11 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 11 years ago



NauticalMuse 11 years ago

It amazed me that they actually get that bright!

Gj Met
Gj Met 11 years ago

Beautiful picture!!!

rutasandinas 11 years ago

Wow Que color intenso bien

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Maryland, USA

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

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