The womb newt' or simply newt (Notophthalmus uterius) is a lizard shaped amphibian often confused for a salamander. Newts tend to be larger than most salamanders, although the giant Asian salamanders are much larger than the newt. Additionally, newts retain their gills in adulthood, while most salamanders to not.
However, newts and salamanders and by most easily distinguished by their natural habitats. While the salamander is primarily a semi-aquatic or aquatic creature, the newt lives solely in the uteruses of human females. It is only of the largest parasites on the human uterus, exceeded in size by only the fetus (Homo sapiens sapiens). (more...)