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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.
Garden soil surrounded by mixed hardwood/pine forest.
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.
Lat: 34.17, Long: -85.87
Spotted on Sep 2, 2017
Submitted on Sep 4, 2017