Eastern Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens

This small salamander is found throughout Florida. In the state’s peninsula it is entirely aquatic, inhabiting thick vegetation near the shore of lakes and ponds. In the panhandle of Florida it also has a terrestrial (found on land) phase that may sometimes be found under logs. The land-phase has rough skin like a toad and is brown or reddish-brown. Small red spots may be visible on its back. Aquatic Eastern Newts have a brown back and a cream-colored belly. Both phases usually have many small dark spots on their belly, back, and sides. The aquatic phase newts have a faint dark mask on the side of their head and their chin and throat are cream colored, like their belly.

 

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