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Red-spotted Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens

Description:

This amphibian is greenish yellow in its larval stage. It has two grayish lines, located just off center on either side of the back. The lines run the length of the body. At hatching, the larva has gills and just a hint of forelegs. Two to three months into the larval stage, the forelegs and hindlegs have been developed, the gills are lost and the skin becomes granular and textured to the touch. At this point, metamorphosis takes place. The land-dwelling red eft stage is entered and the body becomes a brilliant red to orange-red. A row of black-bordered, round red spots appears on either side of the back; the belly is yellow during this sub-adult stage.

Habitat:

It was darting around through the fallen leaves and undergrowth in a forest


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akussr
Spotted by
akussr

penna, USA

Lat: 41.39, Long: -74.97

Spotted on May 25, 2014
Submitted on Jan 4, 2015

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