My mother-in-law and I were walking around the yard the other day looking at my plants when I exclaimed "It's a newt!". There he was poking around in the back yard under my Royal Fern. She had never seen one of these tiny critters. This one was about 3 inches long and was quite camera shy. The Red Spotted Newt goes through three developmental stages with each having a different physical form. My little fellow is a terrestrial juvenile eft, the intermediate stage between aquatic larval and aquatic adult. These tiny salamanders are really quite interesting. The University of Georgias Savannah River Biology Laboratory has some information on their site.