Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rough-skinned newt

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Taricha granulosa

One of my favorite local wildlife. I think it's because they were one of the easiest animals to catch when I was a kid. They're slow, cute, don't bite, and between January and April they're very easy to find. Walk anywhere in the woods and you have to be careful not to step on them.

And yes, even as a kid, I knew to wash my hands after handling them.

2 comments:

Retrieverman said...

Total newtity on this blog.

In about a month the subspecies of the Eastern newt that lives in my area will becoming out. This is red-spotted variety.

I particularly like the efts of that species, which look surreal:

http://www.edupic.net/Images/Amphibians/red-spotted_newt165.JPG

CyborgSuzy said...

Very pretty.

Yeah, rough-skinned newts are a little plain looking. Here you have to turn over logs to find the really cool-looking salamanders.