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Newt information, facts - classicanimal

Newt is a small-sized semi-aquatic amphibian species native to North America, Europe, North Africa, Asia. Those species can live both on land and in the water. It looks like a cross between a frog and a lizard.

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Their scientific name is Pleurodelinae. They are also known as Eft.

Common Name: Newt
Scientific Name: Pleurodelinae
Other Name: Eft


Newts belong to the family Salamandridae. It is a species of salamander. There are 100 species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Endangered' due to hunting, habitat loss. These species are listed on the red list on ICUN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Salamandridae
Number of Species: 100
Group: Amphibian
Conservation Status: Endangered


Newt is found in North America, Europe, North Africa, Asia. They are habitats such as ponds, small lakes, ditches, marshes.

Living Locations: North America, Europe, North Africa, Asia
Habitat: Ponds, Small lakes, Ditches, Marshes


Newt is a small-sized amphibian species. They have lizard-shaped bodies with four legs and long tails. They have smooth and moist skin. Males are larger than females. An adult length around 2 cm to 9.5 cm. Their weight around 2 g to 12 g.

Color: Black, Red, Green, White, Tan, Brown
Weight: 2 g to 12 g (Approx)
Size: 2 cm to 9.5 cm (Approx)


Newt is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat brine shrimp, bloodworms.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Brine shrimp, Bloodworms


Newt has some natural predators like birds, foxes, reptiles.

Predators: Birds, Foxes, Reptiles


Their lifespan up to 6 to 14 years in the wild. Newt is diurnal and solitary animal. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 6 to 14 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 2 to 3 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 10 to 20 days. Newt lays 300 eggs in a breeding season. The young are called tadpoles.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 2 to 3 Years
Incubation Period: 10 to 20 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 300
Baby called: Tadpole


  • They have the ability to regain their body part and organs. Like Newts can regenerate limbs, eyes, spinal cords, hearts, intestines, and also upper jaws, lower jaws.
  • Great Crested Newt is one of the largest amphibian species. It can grow up to 18cm long and live for up to 15 years.
  • They are one of the shyest amphibian species. 
  • They look like a cross between a frog and a lizard.



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