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Larval Amphibians - Salamanders

Red-spotted Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens
  • Larvae lengths range between 35-75mm; common size at metamorphosis in Ontario populations ~40mm
  • Olive brown with black speckling; dark brown stripe with flecks extends from snout through eye; tapered snout
  • Tail same colour as body, fin transparent when young, cloudy black when older; dorsal tail fin extends onto body
  • All life history stages are toxic to most predators; the terrestrial red eft stage can be 10 times more toxic than the larvae, adults, and eggs
  • Eggs: anchored to or wrapped in submerged vegetation; often laid individually
  • Habitat: ponds, pools, slow moving water with lots of vegetation

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