Scientific Name: Lissotriton Vulgaris
Average lifespan in captivity: Up to 25 years
Size: 7 in (18 cm)
Weight: 0.22 to 0.37 oz (6.3 to 10.6 g)
Top Speed: 42km/h (30mph)
What does a newt look like?
The newt is a small amphibian and the average newt only tends to grows to around 15cm long, some newts however are bigger or smaller depending on the species of newt. The newt tadpoles have a slight resemblance to baby fish, other than the fact that they have feathered external gills. The baby newt will grow legs during the first few months, at which time, the baby newt will be able to explore both water and land. Newts are known best for their lizard-shaped body, with four legs and a long tail. Not only do newts have the incredible ability to breath both underwater and on land, but newts are also able to regrow limbs, should the original limbs of the newt become damaged.
Where do newts live?
The newt is found naturally in North America, Europe and Asia and the newt is thought to be a subspecies of the salamander. There are thought to be around 15 different species of newt found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and many of these newt species contain toxins in their skin which helps the newt to defend itself from predators. Certain species of the Pacific newt, found in North America are particularly toxic, with some of these newts containing enough toxin in there skin to kill and adult human.
What does a newt eat?
For the most part, newts eat small insects, fish and worms. The newts that live mostly on land are picky eaters; they need live insects, rather than dead insects or frozen fish. In the wild, newts that live primarily on the land eat live mosquito larvae and ants.
How do newts lay eggs?
A newt tends to lay its eggs individually, with the newt normally finding ponds or slow-moving streams in which to do this. The individual newt eggs attach themselves to aquatic plants and hatch in about 3 weeks. The main difference between newt eggs and frog or toad eggs is that the eggs of the newt are laid individually and are attached to plants. Frog and toad eggs float close to the surface of the water and are usually found in big clumps, where there are often hundreds of eggs together.
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