Red Spotted Newt

Red Spotted Newt

Scientific Name – Notophthalmus viridescens

Classification – Salamandridae

Baby Name – Eft

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

Average Length – 2.5-5.5 in (6.5-14 cm)

Average Weight – 0.2-0.4 oz (5-11 g)

Speed – Moves quickly in water, but relatively slow on land

Life Expectancy – 12 to 15 years

Breeding Season – Spring or autumn

Incubation Period – 3 to 4 weeks

Special Features – Produces toxins known as tetrodotoxin which makes it unpalatable to predators like fish.

Family Unit – Solitary creatures except during the breeding season which involves courtship and mating

Geographical Distribution – Eastern North America

World Population – Stable

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Coniferous and deciduous forests, moist environment near to a source of water, muddy environment

Diet – Insects, small molluscs and crustaceans, worms, young amphibians, frog eggs

Predators –Frogs, birds, turtles, fishes