EASTERN NEWT. Maggie Panetta. Classification. Common Name: Eastern Newt or Red-Spotted Newt Scientific Name: notophthalimus viridescens Kingdom Name: Animalia Phylum Name: Chordata Class Name: Amphibia Order: Caudate Family: Salamandridae. COMMON CHARACTERISTICS.
Common Name: Eastern Newt or Red-Spotted Newt
Scientific Name: notophthalimusviridescens
Kingdom Name: Animalia
Phylum Name: Chordata
Class Name: Amphibia
A newt is a small to medium sized salamander. The newt has two rows of reddish colored spots with black circles down its back. 3 stages of life: larva, eft, and adult. Larva: they are small and develop in the water. They start out with faint spots and gills and large tail fins. As these newts grow they lose their gills and their fins dissapear. Eft: during this stage the newt is highly viiable to animals. After several years they will reach maturity and return to the water to breed with other adults. They are brightly colored red efts. Adult: the newt is usually dull brown and have flattened tail from swimming. During breeding season the tail fin in a male will get very broad to show mating status.
Average Life Span:
Offspring: 200-400 jelly covered eggs from late winter to early spring
Adults are usually 6-11cm, efts are 3.8-9cm
Interesting Physical Characteristics
(High concentration of tetradotoxin, a neurotoxin and strong emetic)
The Red-Spotted Newt (Eastern Newt) is the state animal of New Hampshire
Eastern newts make great pets, and are usually housed in an aquarium. (see right)
To see a very friendly, peaceful newt see the below video: