Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Black-spotted Newt


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Notophthalmus meridionalis
PROFILE:

Black-spotted newts occur in a very small range, which has fragmented habitats, causing their decline. Not much is known about this species in the wild, and our herpetological staff have been conducting surveys in south Texas to help assess the population, in addition to breeding these newts in captivity here at the Zoo.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Amphibians, Caudata (salamanders)
NATIVE TO:
North America: southeastern Texas and south through eastern Mexico along the coastal plain
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Endangered
DIET:
Insectivore
LIFESPAN:
Unknown in the wild
SOCIAL STATUS:
Unknown in the wild
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