The California newt is one of the most common salamanders in North America. They are also known as the red-bellied newt, western terrestrial newt, or just simply "newts."
This species can be found throughout much of southern Canada and the United States, with populations stretching from Alaska to Newfoundland southward to northern Mexico.
Newts have a life span of up to 20 years. Females lay eggs during spring time which hatch after about 3 months. The adults will care for their young until they are big enough on their own.
Newts spend most of their time in moist woodland areas near water sources where they feed on insects, worms and small amphibians such as frogs and tadpoles.