Red-Spotted Newt


Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)

Newts are not as slippery as most salamanders, with their skin being rougher and not slimy. The red-spotted newt is a fairly small, graceful looking salamander, averaging about 10 cm in length. The adults are green in base color, flecked in black, with one row of red spots haloed in black on either side. Adults are totally aquatic, however, a terrestrial sub-adult phase occurs which is called a red eft. Efts lack a tail fin, and are orange to brick red in color. Newts are found in permanent ponds, and lakes where there are few fish competitors, feeding exclusively on invertebrates.

 

Mating takes place in spring, in water, and after elaborate courtship. Eggs are laid individually on aquatic vegetation, then abandoned. From the larval phase, newts transform into terrestrial efts and will remain as such for one to five years, serving to disperse the population. The efts then transform into aquatic adults and generally remain so.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will