Ed Golson Outdoor Education

eastern Newt

Scientific Name: Notophthalmus viridescens

Description: The eastern newt is a small salamander that lives both in the water and on land. They usually grow between 2 to 5 inches long. When they live in the water their skin is green, but when they mature and move onto land, their skin becomes brown or orange. They also have a somewhat toxic skin that keeps them from being eaten by fish. 

Habitat: The eastern newt lives throughout most of the eastern U.S. They live in woodlands near ponds, swamps or small lakes.

Food: These newts eat all sorts of small insects such as mites or water fleas. They will also eat things like worms and snails.

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