Striped Newts

Striped Newt  |  Notophthalmus perstriatus

The Striped Newts is one of Georgia's rarest amphibian species, with just one known population remaining in the state. We need to save this beautiful species before it is too late!


Striped Newts are temporary wetland breeding amphibians, and breed in fish-less wetlands that dry out periodically throughout the year. The are Long Leaf Pine ecosystem endemics. This Long Leaf Pine ecosystem has been reduced to 3% of it's original range in the southeastern coastal plain.


In 2017, the Amphibian Foundation joined the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. This collaborative effort, led by Ryan Means of Remote Footprints and the Coastal Plains Institute, is focused on the release and ongoing-monitoring of captive-bred Striped Newts into protected and managed habitat in the southeastern coastal plain. There are only three remaining populations of Striped Newts, and we joined zoos in Detroit, Jacksonville, Memphis, Central Florida, and Lowry Park to maintain and breed these newts in captivity. Foundation staff partnered with GA DNR and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to collect wild Striped Newt larvae from Fall Line Sandhills Wildlife Management Area in middle Georgia. Within a year of joining the program, we have produce healthy Striped Newt offspring. This first generation of captive-bred larva have joined the Flatwoods Salamanders in Metamorphosis Meadow, and will soon be released into the wild.

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