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newts and salamanders


Newts and salamanders are a diverse family of salamanders, with 55 species. They are mainly found in Europe and Asia, with 6 species found in North America. Most species have smooth skin, like other salamanders, but members of this family that are called “newts” have rough skin that is not slimy. Most are fairly small, about 20 cm long, and many have bright colors on their skin. All species in this family have poisonous skin secretions, which can be very dangerous if they come into contact with the skin or eyes. The bright coloration of most newts and salamanders is to warn potential predators of the danger of eating these animals. Some newts and salamanders tend to stay near water while others live mainly on land, all eat small invertebrates.

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