Wednesday

[vermont] Red-spotted newt

Also known as "red eft", we always just called them salamanders:

"Well, she turned me into a NEWT!" "A newt?" "I got better."

This is the juvenile stage of life, when they're orange and moving around on land. Before and after this they're completely aquatic with gills. Easy to spot, since they're nuclear orange, but it seems to be a good warning sign to predators that they're toxic.

He was heading in the direction of a marshy brook down a bank- which eventually comes out to the larger pond down the road. I hope he makes it there someday.

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