Black-spotted Newt


Common name : Texas newt

Scientific name : Notophthalmus meridionalis

Family : Salamandridae

Native to : North-Eastern Mexico and Southern Texas

Interesting fact : They expose their orange bellies when threatened to warn predators

Conservation status : Endangered

The newt is quite stylish with its smooth, silver or green body covered in black or yellow spots. The orange colour of the belly sometimes spreads to its sides too adding to its looks. Its skin produces toxin to ward off predators.They are quite shy hiding under debris and inside thorny scrubs near streams and ponds.

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