Friday, September 25, 2015

Little Red-Spotted Newt

The Red-Spotted Newt is also known as the Red Eft; a specific type of salamander.  They have three stages of life: (1) the aquatic larva or tadpole, (2) the red eft or terrestrial juvenile stage, and (3) the aquatic adult.  This little guy is a juvenile and is just about two inches long.

After two or three years, the eft finds a pond and transforms into an aquatic adult. The skin turns olive green, but they retain the black-rimmed spots.

This little newt is navigating through some freshly turned up dirt from the timberjack skidder blade.
They can live 12 to 15 years in the wild, and may grow to five inches in length.  Newts can coexist with fish, which also makes them common aquarium pets.