Talk:Eastern newt

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"Eastern newt" vs "Red-spotted newt" as article title[edit]

I put this under Eastern Newt because that is the general species name. Although people refer to the the entire species as its most common member, the Red-spotted newt, I learned today that the red-spotted newt is actually a subspecies of the eastern newt. Cmouse 02:30, 15 May 2005 (UTC) Newts are cool!

How poisonous?[edit]

How poisonous are they? because I remember handling them. --Iownatv (talk) 04:06, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

As far as newts go, they have pretty mild poison: they as adults only have enough toxins to kill 250 (or 2,500, I think it is weaker in females) mice while rough-skinned newts could kill 25,000. Here's the link: [1] --Cynops3 (talk) 04:16, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

  • This reference does not distinguish between juvenile and adult phases (or between the bright orange color which signifies toxicity, and the green adult, which would suggest lack of toxicity). Is there any difference in toxicity between those phases? I've caught adult green ones in a reservior while fishing with worms, yet wondered why fish had not eaten them.-- (talk) 02:25, 24 May 2011 (UTC)


Black Moshannon SP Salamander.jpg

Here is a photo of what I am told is an Eastern newt. It is already on Commons - should I add it to the category? Ruhrfisch ><>°° 19:22, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Replace Image?[edit]

I took a photo which I believe shows the red-spotted newt in greater detail with an added sense of scale. I would like to remove the last photo, which lacks resolution, and place this one in the habitat section. Any objections? Tevonic (talk) 01:17, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

  • Update: I moved the image from the discussion to the main page. Tevonic (talk) 07:45, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

salemanders and newts are so cute i love them when there small and funny. i found one crawling in our garage on september, 27, 2009. i am really sad theat the season for them is going and them to hide is coming.

comment back on what you think

by: avery age: 10 grade:5

How-to material[edit]

The section on keeping newts in captivity violates the Wikipedia precept of being an encyclopedia, not a how-to guide, and is unsourced besides.Jtcarpet (talk) 23:14, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

I'd say you're right, so I removed the section. rspεεr (talk) 04:26, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

Role of Toxin[edit]

First off sorry I don't know how to make this change myself

Article says "They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, noncarnivorous fish, as their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured." This is not accurate. Of course they can co-exist with small non-carnivorous fish, they don't need tetrodotoxin to avoid tiny vegetarians...the toxin allows them to co-exist with large predatory fish that would otherwise eat them.

Proposed merge with Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis[edit]

This is a subspecies, and should be included within the main species account unless the article's creator can demonstrate that it will soon be significantly improved and expanded. At the present time there is not enough content to warrant its own article. Nick Moyes (talk) 23:52, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

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