Red efts, the juvenile terrestrial form of the Eastern Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), are a forest floor constant during the summer in the Quabbin Reservoir…especially when the ground is wet. We finally have had a few storms come through the last couple of days, maybe another today, and that has helped moisten things up a bit. They’ve been quick hitters, but we’ll take what we can get. A nice day or two of prolonged rain would be best.
These little guys are hard to pass up.
Even with my tripod splayed out and the camera tilted to 90° on the ball head, I still was just a hair above eye level. As with frogs and toads, a slow approach at ground level allows for getting quite close. Here we are about 15″ away and pretty much as close as the 180 macro will allow.
The eft retains this coloring and terrestrial habit for a few years before maturing and returning to the ponds to reproduce.