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EASTERN NEWT

FAMILY SALAMANDRIDAE—Newts

EASTERN NEWT (Notophthalmus viridescens)

     Newts breed from late winter through early spring and females lay single eggs on aquatic vegetation.  In several months the aquatic larvae either become terrestrial efts which will eventually mature into aquatic adults or transform directly into aquatic subadults.  Aquatic adults feed on worms, insects, mollusks, amphibian eggs, and larval amphibians.  Toxins in the skin cause predators, both aquatic and terrestrial, to avoid them.  Terrestrial efts live in forests and are most frequently seen after a rain.  There are several subspecies of Eastern newt.  Unlike eastern newts, western newts are primarily terrestrial and do not pass through an eft stage (Behler, 1989).

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