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Eastern Newt (Red Eft stage)

Notophthalmus viridescens


A common newt of North America. Skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. Reddish orange with dark brown spots. Grow to about 5 inches long.


Small lakes, ponds, and streams or nearby wet forests

1 Species ID Suggestions

Red eft; eastern newt
Notophthalmus viridescens Eastern newt

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1 Comment

shebebusynow 6 years ago

This is not a lizard (which is a reptile); it's a newt (which is an amphibian). They start their life in water, with gills, and do not have scaly skin. They prefer to stay out of the sun, while lizards tend to like the sun's warmth.

Ranger 25
Spotted by
Ranger 25

South Hill, New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 2, 2014
Submitted on Jul 3, 2014

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