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The eastern (red-spotted) newt secretes poisonous toxins, and the eft's bright coloration serves as a warning to predators. Eastern newts use specialized chemicals to find food and attract mates. They help reduce mosquito populations by feeding on their larvae.
Red efts may often be seen in a forest after a rainstorm. Adults prefer a muddy aquatic habitat, but will move to land during a dry spell.
Spotted on Aug 12, 2016
Submitted on Jan 10, 2017