Walking the gate roads of Quabbin requires a certain level of diligence to be sure not to step on red efts. Especially after a rain, they are almost as foolhardy with their existence as the earthworms that layabout the sidewalks in our neighborhood. It’s pretty hard to spend time looking for other things as one walks with the need to be on the lookout for these young eastern red-spotted newts or else take the chance on squashing them. The red eft phase can last anywhere from a few to seven years before they mature.
Sometimes they are skittish but at others, if you approach them from eye level, they will allow a fairly close approach. Okay, eye level is almost impossible for a human with a camera, but I did get down with it.