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Eastern Newt

Eastern Newt

Eastern newt also called as Red spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is a very interesting species to know about. It belongs to a category of amphibians and is a native of Eastern North America. Most of the peculiar sea animals are getting extinct. This is also in the endangered list of species, which are getting extinct.

Facts about eastern newt
This sea animal has a special quality that whenever they are threatened or inured, their skin secretes a poisonous substance. Eastern newts have a life span of around (12-15) years. They can grow up to a size of 5 inches in length. It is of yellowish brown or olive colored on top part and yellowish on its belly. It can be recognized easily with the help of its small black and red spots. Therefore, it is also called eastern spotted newt or eastern red-spotted newt. When it is in juvenile stage, it is strikingly colored in orange and it dwells on land and is known as "red eft".

Eastern Newt

Life cycle of eastern newt
The life cycle of eastern newt, have three stages. They are the tadpole or aquatic larva, the red "eft" or terrestrial juvenile stage, and the aquatic adult. These three stages in detail are as follows: First, the adult newts, which live in water, mate in early spring. To do this they leave the water and then they return to water.After that, the female newts lay eggs on underwater plants. The number of eggs can be over hundred at a time. These eggs hatch in a month or two. The next stage is the larval stage. The eastern newts or red-spotted newt larvae look similar to a mini-adult. They eat small aquatic insects and crustaceans. In the late summer, these larvae live in water and transform into efts. They do not have gills but they keep their skin moist like other newts. They live for four years on land and can be seen crawling in heavy rains. They hibernate in winter under logs or stones. When they grow and look like adult newts, they return to water and spend rest of their lives in and around water. They mainly eat worms, insects, small crayfish, snails, mussels and fish eggs.

Eastern newt care
These eastern newts need proper care in order to preserve it in aquarium. They can be maintained in a 10-gallon aquarium. The aquarium should be filled with dechlorinated water and must have air-operated filter. This can prevent the dangerous buildings of ammonia and other chemicals. The aquarium should be covered with a screen so that they do not leap and escape. The newts need to haul out of water time to time, so the aquarium should have "turtle dock for their convenience. These newts produce nitrogenous waste, so some pothos, java moss or java fern are needed to be put inside to absorb those nitrogenous waste. The most important is that the water temperature should be between (60-70) degree Fahrenheit. They can be fed with bloodworms, earthworms, red worms,, daphnia or mosquito larvae.