Newts by nature are much more aquatic than most salamanders. There are two groups of newts in the United States, the Eastern and Western. Both groups are made up of a few species and multiple subspecies. The newt found in Minnesota is the Central Newt, Notopthalmus viridescens louisianensis. This newt is olive green on its dorsal side and dull yellow on its ventral side, with dark speckling along the entire body. While some Eastern Newts go through a terrestrial adolescent period known as the “eft” stage, this is rarely seen in Minnesota. It is estimated that some newts may go through a one to two-year cycle here, while it is longer elsewhere. While efts in Minnesota do not become a bright yellow or orange color, they are nonetheless just as poisonous.
On campus, Newts have only been seen in Cichy pond, but they are quite secretive and may be found elsewhere.