|Scientific Name: Notophthalmus meridionalis|
|Geographical Range: Southeastern Texas and into Mexico.|
|Habitat: Pools, ponds, swamps. They live under logs and rocks when when water is scarce.|
|Diet in the Wild: Grub Worms, and small insects|
|Conservation Status: Protected|
|Location in the Zoo: Texas Wilds Exhibit|
5 inches long, black spots, with irregular yellowish stripes, and an orange bellie. Always wet, totally aquatic. Offspring are like tadpoles, which have gills, and are always under the water.
The Black Spotted Newt camoflourages well with its environment. When water is scarce, it will find rocks or logs to live under.
The male Newt will lay his sperm on the ground under water. The female will walk over it and pick it up, with her cloaca. She will lay many long strands of eggs, similar to a frog. The eggs will stay under water, until they hatch.
|The Animal at the Zoo:
The Black Spotted Newt has been in captivity for 4-5 yrs. They are breeded at the Fort Worth Zoo.
Jim Butler email@example.com
Sources and Links:
Ellen Trout Zoo
Notophthalmus meridionalis-Black Spotted Newt (Cope, 1880). http://www.livingunderworld.org/gallery/photos/caudata/salamandridae
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
WhoZoo Animal Index
Reptiles and Amphibians at the Fort Worth Zoo