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Red Spotted Newt

Red spotted newt is a subspecies of newt found in the United States. The newt is diurnal.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Urodela
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Notophthalmus
    Species Notophthalmus viridescens
    Scientific Name Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens

    Size 3 to 5 in
    Weight 0.2-0.4 oz (5-11 g)
    Color Adults are greenish with small black dots on the back; a row of several reddish-orange spots with black borders on each side of the back; efts are brilliant red or orange
    Distribution United States
    Habitat Adults inhabit slow-moving rivers and lakes, reservoirs, pasture ponds, bogs, mill ponds, drainage ditches, vernal pools, and wooded swamps while efts inhabit deciduous and coniferous woodlands, pastures, and meadows
    Diet Insects, leeches, mollusks, crustaceans, small amphibians and fish
    Predators Birds, fish, insects, leeches, other amphibians
    Breeding Season March-June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 200 to 300 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 8 weeks
    Average Lifespan 10 to 15 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on June 13th 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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