EFT (left) and ADULT NEWT (above)
Newts have a complicated life history. Unlike the other salamanders of Rhode Island, newts have an additional life stage - the eft stage. Efts in Rhode Island are typically brown.  Efts are entirely terrestrial whereas the adults are, in most cases, totally aquatic.
During the breeding season and late fall-males can be distinguished from females by the presence of black pads (excrescences) on the digits of their hind feet and a high tail fin.
Newt larvae have a black line extending through their eye; a characteristic which aids in separating them from the larvae of spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum).