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Help! What Kind of Creature is This???

Discussion in 'Help *General*' started by AshleyMae7, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. AshleyMae7

    AshleyMae7 New Member

    I found this creature in a pond. I thought it might be a Salamander or water lizard,but I'm not sure. It has a green back and a yellow stomach. The weird part is, it has a spiked tail, like an alligator or crocodile. So, what do you think it is?

  2. Poison

    Poison Elite Member

    Its definitely a type of salamander or newt. Giving you location will help us give you an exact species/subspecies.
  3. trappen

    trappen Elite Member

    I agree location would help alot since the photo isnt that clear for identification.
  4. trappen

    trappen Elite Member

    But from what I can see of the photo it may be a Great crested newt? Found in Europe and parts of Asia. I could be way off but with what I got to work with... How big was it?
  5. AshleyMae7

    AshleyMae7 New Member

    The location is Glouster, Ohio. So the southeastern part of Ohio.
  6. AshleyMae7

    AshleyMae7 New Member

    It wasn't too big nor small. But the tail was about as long as the body.

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    Tomorrow I can see if I can get a better photo of it.
  7. avagaddis

    avagaddis Well-Known Member

    That is for sure a newt. Not a salamander at all. I'm not sure what type it is, but it's definitely not a Great Crested Newt.
  8. Poison

    Poison Elite Member

    Technically all newts are salamanders but not all salamanders are newts.
  9. Poison

    Poison Elite Member

    I would say eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
  10. jaydsr2887

    jaydsr2887 Elite Member

    It is defffenently eastern meet (notophthalmas iridescent) as poison said.... we have them here in PA as well.. very interesting creatures as the have a few stages in their lives, 1st stage is a larva with gills and they are totally aquatic, 2nd is commonly known as the Red Eft and is semi aquatic, and last is the adult you see in the pic which is semi aquatic but prefers to hid on land close to the water...... these are the kind you see in slot of kid's aquariums....

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