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Red Spotted Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens


Commonly known as the red spotted newt.


I found this little guy by a creek in the mountains. They usually hide under stones or wet, dead leaves.


Fairly easy to catch. Skin is not moist to the touch. This is the type of salamander/newt that I found most often. Unfortunately, some of the newts I found looked like they were missing a limb of some sort, usually a foot. It seemed that they had been born that way. Possibly because of the environment...

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Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely creature.

Melissa2 10 years ago

What a great catch!

TrevorStaker 10 years ago

These things are so neat to find while walking in the woods. It's probably from accidentally stepping on the log that they're hiding under that they loose limbs and parts. Gotta watch out where we're walking! The alternative of course would be from pollution; amphibians are very susceptible to pollution and birth defects are common where levels are too high.

Edith 10 years ago

This is the same type I have seen in Nova Scotia. Check out my sittings. Very interesting considering the distance!

Kate & Chris
Kate & Chris 10 years ago

So cute, nice find!

lika.hoppus 10 years ago

awnn!! so tinny and cute, it looks like a plastic toy.. :)

animaisfotos 10 years ago

Looks like a rubber toy. Very beautiful creature. Tinny too. Thanks for sharing.

peter 10 years ago

That is just awesome!

Isabela 10 years ago


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West Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2008
Submitted on Feb 20, 2011

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