Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

  Striped newt

At the Detroit Zoo
The striped newt can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


The striped newt's body is olive green and brown with red stripes. Its underside is yellow and orange with black spots.


Scientific name: Notophthalmus perstriatus
Continent: North America
Habitat: Shallow, unpolluted water
Size: 2 - 4 inches long
Weight: 0.7 ounces
Diet: Insects, spiders, frog eggs, worms and snails
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Reproduction: Eggs are deposited one at a time in vegetation.


The striped newt has toxins in its skin that protect it against external parasites.