Inquiring minds want to know if red spotted newts bite. My answer is no. I mean I'm sure they bite in order to eat but I have never encountered a newt, salamander, frog, or toad that bit me. I would be concerned about the toxins that they exude but as long as you wash your hands after handling these critters you should be fine. Now you should be concerned about hellbenders and other gigantic salamanders. See the one species from Japan. And yes it's real and it is a salamander.