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The spectacular world of salamanders

By: Anna Norris on Aug. 2, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
Red Eft juvenile stage of Eastern newt

Photo: Dave Huth/Flickr

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True salamanders and newts

The Salamandridae family consists of brightly patterned newts and salamanders. Two salamanders in this category give birth to live young. In the red eft stage of the Eastern newt's growth (shown here), the newt travels over land until it finds a suitable pond to facilitate its transformation from orange to green — always keeping its signature red spots.