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Eastern Newt

Notophthalmus viridescens

Description:

A young (and very small) red eft. Coloration brown to red/orange with aposematic red spots across back. 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.

Habitat:

Garden soil surrounded by mixed hardwood/pine forest.

Notes:

My teenage brother-in-law found this in the garden. I don't condone handling sensitive amphibians, so I had him release it back where he found it.

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Alabama, USA

Lat: 34.17, Long: -85.87

Spotted on Sep 2, 2017
Submitted on Sep 4, 2017

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