Looks to be morphing into adult.
We found this one active adult newt on this unseasonably warm December day. Temperatures were around 51 F. Looks like a male ready to breed, right?
Active in water!
tracks - animal present and in second picture
The eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is a common newt of eastern North America. They frequent small lakes, ponds, and streams or near-by wet forests. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, noncarnivorous fish, as their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. They have lifespans of 12 to 15 years in the wild, and may grow to five inches in length. These newts are common aquarium pets, being either...