1. A larvae hatches from an egg attached to an aquatic plant. Once it hatches, it is hungry, fully
carnivorous, and will eat its brothers and sisters, as well as a variety of pond insects. It resembles most aquatic salamanders at this stage; large, red feather-like gills, four legs, and a finned tail. Slimy and hardly capable of walking, it behaves almost identically like the larval stages of frogs.
salamander feels homesick of its childhood in the pond, so it returns. As the eft swims out to the "sea" of green and brown that it will spend the rest of its five to twelve year lifespan, it is unfamiliar with the dangers of the pond. Hunting dragonfly nymphs, tadpoles, other newts, and minnows, the newt will fight against other top predators of the pond. Waterscorpions, Toe-Biters, Diving Beetles, Fish, Watersnakes, and Bullfrogs all will try to stop the newt's life before it hit the end, and add to their livelihood. Meanwhile, the newt readjusts to its situation. Its tail grows broad and fin-like once again. A mild coating of slime can once more be detected on the newt's skin. The gills never return, forcing the newt to swim to the surface or climb out and bask every once in a while, to keep its heart pumping smoothly. Also it turns green again, though it keeps the spots, giving it its name. Usually, newts live in communities with tons of newts in a pond with minimal or no fish. Now a fierce, cannibalistic, top predator, the newt can dart almost as quickly as a fish. If you want to catch one in this stage, find a "newt pond", first. Newt ponds are high up, usually over 3,000 ft. Next, take about a three ft. length of fishing line with a hook on the end, and troll it along the shallows. Soon, a newt should bite! Pull it up, and likely, the barb won't hold (it never has for me), and let it drop in a bucket, on your hand, or back in the water where it belongs. Now, release your inner child! One more thing, wild newts are illegal to keep as pets. They can be bought for eight to ten dollars at pet shops, though. Happy Trails,