Category: Other Amphibians
Facts about Eastern Newt(red eft). "Scientific name for Eastern Newt is Notophthalmus viridescens". The Eastern Newt is a general newt that hails from Eastern part of North America. They are commonly found in small ponds, lakes, and streams or close by wet forests. The Eastern Newts are adaptable with an aquatic setting with tiny, non-carnivorous fish. The skin of the Eastern Newt secretes a toxic substance when it is wounded or threatened.
Features of Eastern Newt
The Eastern Newt breeds may grow to a maximum length of five inches. These breeds are general aquarium pets, being either purchased or collected from the wild. The noticeably orange colored young stage that is the land-dwelling is habitually known as the red eft.
Life stages of Eastern Newt
The life of the Eastern Newt breed undergoes three phases, such as the tadpole or aquatic larva, the earthly juvenile stage or red eft and the river adult.
Tadpole of Eastern Newt
The tadpole has gills and it does not depart the pond setting where it was hatched. The color of the tadpoles is brown-green, and they get rid of their gills when they change into the red eft.
The color of the red eft is bright orange-red, with more shady red spots with black outline. These Eastern Newt breeds can contain as several as 21 of these marks. The outline of these marks varies among the subspecies. During this period, the eft may trek far, acting as a spreading stage from one pool to another, guaranteeing the out crossing in the population.
Aquatic adult of Eastern Newt (red eft)
The red eft finds a pool after three years and changes into the river adult. The skin of the adult is olive green in color, but holds the black-rimmed red spots characteristic of the eft. The red eft enlarges with a bigger tail similar to a blade and typically with the oily skin.
The average life span of the Eastern Newt breed ranges from 12 years to 15 years.