Central Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens


The Central Newt is a type of salamander that has aquatic larval and adult life stages as well as an intermediate terrestrial stage. It is the terrestrial stage, known as an eft, that we have encountered on several occasions at Chert Hollow. We once found an eft in the woods near ephemeral ponds. Somewhat more surprisingly to us, we’ve also twice encountered an eft while digging sweet potatoes in the main vegetable field (in 2012 & 2015).