The Eastern Red-Spotted Newt is found throughout our park system and in many local ponds. The phase shown here is known as the Eft phase. After the eggs hatch the larval newt transforms into this phase where it will spend anywhere from 2 to 7 years on land before returning to the pond to live out its remaining adult life - a complicated life for a small amphibian.
This is one of the few salamanders that can be seen out walking about during the daytime. The bright red color is a warning to predators that they do not taste good and, in fact, can be toxic.