The striped newt, Notophthalmus perstriatus, is a species of aquatic salamander native to the Southeastern United States. It is a close relative of the eastern newt, with which it shares territory, and can be distinguished from the latter by the presence of red stripes running down the sides of its back and red spots on its back that lack a black outline.
Growing from 2.12–4.12 in (5.4–10.5 cm) in length, it is and olive green to black-brown in color with bright red parallel dorsal stripes, and with a yellowish underside with black spots. It is described as being slender and having comparatively dry skin. The eft phase, when a juvenile newt spends several years completely terrestrial, rarely occurs, but can be identified by its bright-orange color and similar striping. Neoteny is common in adults.
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- National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians (North America) 276