Okay, guys, I have been searching for these guys ALL SEASON. They are abundant in NY, especially this area, and my location harbors prime habitat for them. But I couldn’t find any all season, even though I literally looked everywhere that they would be. Then today, by chance, I lifted up a fallen piece of wood and right there I saw, perfectly blended in with the leaves, this little guy. I was SO happy.
This little guy is a red eft eastern (red spotted) newt. You’ll mostly find the red efts, because the adults are pretty difficult to find. I’m so happy I found one though.
The red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) has a colorful—pun intended—life cycle. The gilled larvae hatch from eggs and are entirely aquatic. They eventually metamorphose into the terrestrial red eft, which remains on land anywhere from one to three years before transforming into a secondarily aquatic adult.