Orange salamander looking organism. Has 12 bright orange spots in two rows on its back that are outlined in black.
Red eft stage
Adult Eastern Newt in the water. Note orange spots. Brown top and lighter brown under.
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...