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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

An Ample Amphibian

Before reptiles and mammals appeared to challenge amphibian supremacy on the land, amphibians were much larger. But while they have shrunk in size over the last 315 million years, the Chinese Giant Salamander never got the memo: at up to 5.9 feet in length and 66lbs, this amphibian is longer than your dog, and probably weighs at least as much! Compare that to Paedophryne amanuensis, the world’s smallest frog (and smallest vertebrate) who is the size of a house fly! Due to habitat loss, environmental changes, and over-hunting/collecting, the Chinese giant Salamander is critically endangered, though conservation efforts to save it are underway today.

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