Red Eft/Eastern Newt/Red-spotted Newt-Notophthalmus viridescens
A jewel of the morning. 🙂
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And a lovely jewel it is.
So cool. I have never seen one of these out in the field.
And here, I have to watch my step as there are so many crawling around on the trails now.
What a beauty! I had no idea that newts came in such exotic colours 🙂
They are quite lovely and the color serves a purpose…please don’t eat me. 🙂
I’d never seen a photo of one of these until recently, and I’d never heard the word “eft.” What I haven’t figured out is whether “eft” refers to the juveniles of all newt species, or if it’s specific to the Eastern newt. I read that ithe red eft produces skin toxins, so that may help to explain why it’s free to run around in those bright, attention-attracting colors.
it had better be careful. There may still be people willing to put it to use, along with some other ingredients:
“Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
That Shakespeare guy did have quite an imagination.
To the best of my knowledge eft refers to this particular species. I’ve not heard it in relation to any other, but I am not a newt expert. I am glad of the bright color as it helps me avoid stepping on them.
Well, it is possible they were kindly witches who only used one eye from each newt, allowing them to keep on newting, although possibly always going in circles.
A young newt with only one eye would be a bereft eft.
And if the lost eye was on the right, then the bereft eft would be leaning to the left.
How deft you are in proposing a leaning to the left of the bereft eft.
This newt looks like it’s made of rubber.
It is very flexible.
Is this recent … or a capture from another year?
Recent, from last week.
I think that little eft is real beaut. I laughed about all those witty remarks between you and Steve S.
THey are pretty little creatures. Steve’s a pretty funny guy and very quippy. 🙂
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