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Newt Prints

Young newt name: eft

Newt class: Amphibian

A newt is a salamander that lives in the water as an adult. Newts occur in the Pleurodelinae subfamily (family Salamandridae), found in North America, Europe and Asia. Newts metamorphose through three distinct developmental life stages, including aquatic larval, terrestrial juvenile, and aquatic adult. Some Ambystomatidae salamanders forgo metamorphosis and retain their aquatic juvenile form with gills, but they are not newts, they are neotines (Neoteny). The larvae leave the water as a terrestrial juvenile form called an eft. The adult form has a lizard-like body and is either aquatic or semi-aquatic.

The etymology for this term has gone through a complex twist of old Middle English variations. The oldest form of the name is eft, which is still used for newly metamorphosed specimens, but according to the Oxford English Dictionary it changed for unknown reasons first to euft and then to ewt. For some time it remained as an ewt, but then changed from the indefinite article and shifted to form a newt. The sexually aquatic mature stage was also called an ewte, with similar etymology roots linking an ewte, newt, euft and eft to a small lizard-like animal.

Like all members of the order Caudata, newts are characterised by a lizard-like body with four equal sized limbs and a distinct tail. Aquatic larvae have true teeth on both upper and lower jaws and external gills. They have the ability to regenerate limbs, eyes, spinal cords, hearts, intestines, and upper and lower jaws. The cells at the site of the injury have the ability to de-differentiate, reproduce rapidly, and differentiate again to create a new limb or organ. One theory is that the de-differentiated cells are related to tumour cells since chemicals which produce tumours in other animals will produce additional limbs in newts.

During the next few months the tadpoles undergo metamorphosis, during which they develop legs, and the gills change into air-breathing lungs.Some species, such as the North American newts, also become more brightly coloured during this phase. Once fully metamorphosised they leave the water and live a terrestrial life, when they are known as efts. Only when the eft reaches adulthood will the North American species return to live in water, rarely venturing back onto the land. Conversely, most European species live their adult lives on land and only visit water to breed.


Newt Trivia

What do you call a baby newt?
Answer: A baby newt is called a eft.

Question: What class is a newt in?
Answer: A newt is in the amphibian class.





close up of a male great...
close up of a male great...
 
 
 
alpine newt   female
alpine newt female
 
 
 
alpine newt   male
alpine newt male
 
 
 
great crested newt  triturus...
great crested newt triturus...
 
 
 
illustrator of newt with n font
illustrator of newt with n font
 
 
 
silhouette of newt
silhouette of newt
 
 
 
ventral view of a male great...
ventral view of a male great...
 
 
 
smooth newt   pair
smooth newt pair
 
 
 
smooth newt   male
smooth newt male
 
 
 
alpine newt   male
alpine newt male
 
 
 
alpine newt   pair
alpine newt pair
 
 
 
flat lizard icons set....
flat lizard icons set....
 
 
 
the smooth newt  lissotriton...
the smooth newt lissotriton...
 
 
 
newt on a hand. sunset time.
newt on a hand. sunset time.
 
 
 
the emperor newt on white
the emperor newt on white