Central Newt Fact Sheet

Central Newt

Class:

Amphibia

Order:

Caudata

Family:

Salamandridae

Genus:

Notophthalmus 
Species:

viridescens

Size:

Adults: 2.8 in up to 4.8 in

Weight:

Adults: 4.4 oz

Reproduction:

A female may deposit  200 to 400 single, jelly-covered eggs on submerged vegitation

Life Span: 12 to 15 years
Range:

Native to North America, ranging from southern Canada south, roughly to the border of Mexico and the United States

Habitat:

Found in both deciduous and coniferous forests.  Both larvae and adult newts live in small, well vegetated bodies of fresh water, usually with mud bottoms

Diet:

Diet consists of invertebrates and small vertebrate prey

Description:

Adults vary in color ranging from yellowish-brown to greenish-brown dorsally and have black-bordered red spots.  The ventral color is yellow and black spots speckle the belly.

Facts: 

  • Once the female lays her eggs, there is no parental involvement.
  • Eft, or young newts, are nocturnal and are more active on rainy nights.
  • Predators include birds, mammals, fish, and other amphibians.