- Newts have the ability to regenerate limbs, eyes, spinal cords, hearts, intestines, and upper and lower jaws.
- Newts are small salamanders that are classified as amphibians and are believed to have been the first aquatic vertebrates to inhabit the earth.
- Male Great crested newts have an elaborate courtship display. It involves a male standing on his front legs in front of a female with an arched back while he waves his tail and crest around.
- Newt eggs are laid individually. The eggs can usually be found attached to underwater flora. By contrast, frog eggs are typically laid in clusters and can be found as floating or drifting egg masses. Newts can lay upwards of 300 eggs at a time.
- When newts come out of water after breeding they can travel up to 1km to look for food such as worms and beetles. They live in damp habitats on land.
- People commonly keep fire-bellied newts, paddle-tail newts and crocodile newts as pets. The newt is seen as a good pet to keep as the newt is small and quiet and some species of newt, like the great crested newt native to Europe can get to 27 years old.
- Newts have the incredible ability to breath both underwater and on land.
- Newts live mostly in the Americas, though some newts are also found in the temperate areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa. They live under leaves, logs or stones in streams or in damp forest areas.
- Newts hibernate in winter usually under logs and stones and in rubble piles. Some individuals occasionally spend the winter in the bottom of ponds.
- Many newts produce toxins in their skin secretions as a defense mechanism against predators.
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