Black-Spotted Newt

Black Spotted Newt

The Black-spotted Newt is an aquatic salamander that is found in parts of USA and Mexico. It gets its name from the bright yellow spots it has all over its dark color body.

Scientific Name Notophthalmusmeridionalis

Classification – Notophthalmus

Gender Names – Male – boar; Female – sow; Baby – eft

Collective Noun – Herd, congress

Length/Size – 2.9-4.3 in (7.1–11 cm)

Life Expectancy – 12 to 15years

Mating Season  Year round

Special Features  As defense, they secrete a toxic fluid to ward off predators

Geographical Distribution 

Natural Habitat – Prefers living in shallowwater with heavy vegetation

Conservation Status –Endangered

Diet – Leeches, insects, different aquatic invertebrates and amphibians

Predators – Birds, carnivorous mammals