Where are they from?
Eastern newts are found in the eastern parts of the United States and Canada. They are found all throughout Kentucky.
What do they eat?
They are carnivorous, and eat anything smaller than themselves: younger amphibians, frog eggs, insects, and mollusks.
How do they act?
Newts are amphibians, which means they need to be near water all of the time in order to keep their skin wet. Eastern newts have a three-stage life cycle where they go through metamorphosis: larvae, their terrestrial eft stage, and their aquatic stage. After 2-3 years as an eft, they return back into the water to be mainly aquatic creatures.
Are they endangered?
Eastern newts are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
During their eft and aquatic stages, they secrete toxic chemicals to keep predators from eating them! When they are efts, they are bright red–bright colors are often a sign to predators that an animal is poisonous.
What if humans went through life stages and metamorphosis?