Red-Spotted Newts are found all over North Carolina. This image is from the Linville Gorge. The juveniles are sometimes referred to as “Red Efts” and are bright orange in color. They have rows of red dots with a black border. The larve are green with a line under their eyes.
The adults also have the same spots but tend to be a darker green or black. The maximum length is usually 4-8 inches. These guys eat small invertebrates.
Once the breeding adults have offspring and those hatch, they will stay in the water for 2-5 months. Then they turn over their journey and become efts and will live on land for up to 7 years. Sometime close to that they will return to the water.