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This photo doesn't really do this red eft (Notophthalmus viridescens) any justice. I really didn't want to disturb the little guy too much, so I sacrificed a better shot. This is the juvenile stage of the Eastern newt's life cycle, the eft. It is a terrestrial stage--while its larval and adult stages are aquatic.
Ranger, Georgia--under some really moist/decaying leaves, high on a ridge in a hardwood forest (lots of oaks and hickories). It was likely feeding on snails as there were a plethora of them in the area!
Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69
Spotted on Jun 21, 2017
Submitted on Jun 25, 2017
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