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Explore a backyard pond and the newts that call it home. You will learn about how the newts change color and behavior with the seasons.

During the winter, adult newts keep warm underneath rocks or in the mud. They go to sleep there. They don’t move much all winter. This helps the newts conserve energy when it is cold. In the springtime, it is warmer. Newts leave their winter hiding places and go to the water. There, they mate.

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Making Connections


Which is your favorite step in the newt life cycle? Why?


What other stories or books have you read that include amphibians? How do those texts compare with this one?


What is another transforming animal you know about? How is its life cycle similar to or different from a newt’s?

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