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Black Spotted Newt

Black spotted newt is a species of newt found in Northeastern Mexico and Southern Texas in the United States. The species is aquatic. The animal uses toxic skin secretions to ward off predators.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Notophthalmus
    Scientific Name Notophthalmus meridionalis


    Other Names Texas newt
    Size 2.9-4.3 in (7.1–11 cm)
    Color Olive green background color with many black spots; yellow underside which sometimes reach to the sides
    Distribution Northeastern Mexico and southern Texas (United States)
    Habitat Quiet stretches of streams, temporary and permanent ponds and ditches
    Diet Insects, leeches, aquatic invertebrates, other amphibians
    Breeding Season Year-round
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 300 eggs
    Incubation Period Few weeks
    Metamorphosis Period Around 3 months
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on March 27th 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 31st March 2017.

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