Red Bellied Newt

Red Bellied Newt

Scientific Name – Taricha rivularis

Classification – Salamandridae

Baby Name – Eft

Collective Noun – There is no collective noun for newts, but it can be called a band

Average Length – 2.75 to 3.5 in (nose to vent length); 5.5 and 7.5 in (nose to tail length)

Life Expectancy – Up to 15 years

Breeding Season – Late February through May

Incubation Period – 16 to 34 days in captivity

Metamorphosis Period – 4-6 months

Special Features – Stocky with a grainy skin; breeding males have a smooth skin and a flattened tail; possess toxin in its skin

Family Unit – Usually solitary creature barring the breeding season

Geographical Distribution – Northern California (United States)

World Population – Not known

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat –Under rocks, logs, other forest debris and mountain streams in coastal woodlands, particularly in redwood forests

Diet – Variety of invertebrates

Predators – Birds, snakes