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Eastern Newt   (Notophthalmus viridescens)
Category: Amphibians

 

 

Also called red-spotted newts, these beautiful amphibians reside in lakes, ponds, streams, or nearby wet forests. They are common aquarium pets and can live as long as 15 years! They have a varied diet that includes insects, small mollusks and crustaceans, young amphibians, worms and frog eggs. (US)

Learn more about the Eastern Newt at Wikipedia and Reptiles Magazine.

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Hylidae
Genus - Litoria
Species - L. aurea

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Only a Mother’s Love…

We are taught that toads leave their fertilized eggs in the water in long strings, which hatch into tadpoles, who live in the water until they grow legs and lungs and become toads. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there always has to be an exception to the rule: the male Suriname toad implants eggs into the female’s back, which sink into her skin and forms pockets where the eggs eventually hatch into tadpoles. These tadpoles live on their mother’s back until transforming into toads, at which point they burrow out of her skin in a fascinating or horrifying (or both) display, depending on your perspective.

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