Eastern or Red-spotted Newt
Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens
Commonly Confused Native Species:
Often Not Confused with other Species
Size: A small sized salamander measuring 2.4 to 4.3 inches in
length with a highly laterally flattened tail.
Color: The dorsum of the aquatic adult is olive-green in
coloration with black speckles and two rows of highly
conspicuous red spots bordered by black. The venter is
light yellow with dark speckles.
The terrestrial “eft” stage is bright orange to olive-brown
in coloration with two rows of red spots similar to that of
Behavior: Newts rely on their toxic skin secretions for defense. If
directly threatened they will display their bright venter by
posturing with their head and tails pointed upwards,
tightly closing their eyes.
Habitat: The terrestrial "eft" stage inhabits forests across the
state. Adults inhabit permanent water bodies in and
around forested habitats that lack or provide shelter from
predatory fish species.