Young eastern newt

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Young eastern newt (red eft) photographed 05/03/2014 at Zaleski State Forest near Athens, Ohio.

Eastern newts (Caudata: Salamandridae: Notophthalmus viridescens) are relatively common throughout most of the eastern US and southeast Canada. They are typically found in ponds or moist woodlands, depending on their life stage. The gilled larvae and fully-developed adults are aquatic, but juveniles like the one shown here are terrestrial.

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Young eastern newt (red eft) photographed 05/03/2014 at Zaleski State Forest near Athens, Ohio.

Known as “efts,” these juveniles are much more brightly colored than the drab adults. As is often the case in nature, these colors warn potential predators of their toxic secretions. Since the conspicuous efts wander considerable distances over land with impunity, they’re the life stage most commonly encountered by people.

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Young eastern newt (red eft) photographed 05/03/2014 at Zaleski State Forest near Athens, Ohio.

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About Jeremy Sell

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One Response to Young eastern newt

  1. Avery Miller says:

    I love the newt’s colors!

    Like

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