- 4 inches
in the eastern portion of the state. The central newt, commonly
called the red-spotted newt, is unique among other Oklahoma salamanders
in that it is the only salamander to have a three-stage life cycle.
The young are born in water, like most salamanders, but as part of
their development, they have a terrestrial eft stage where they lose
their gills, their skin becomes relatively dry and warty, and they
venture far from the water. As they reach reproductive maturity,
they return to the water to breed and remain aquatic for the rest
of their life.