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Wangan

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I helped this little guy out of the road tonight so he wouldnt get run over by a car.They lay 300-400 eggs at a time but only 2% ever make it to the "red eft" stage of life.At first I thought it was a Red Salamander but they only live as far north as New York.This is an Eastern Red Spotted Newt which I have never seen before,even though they are very common and live as far north as Ontario Canada.Some never go into the "red eft" stage and continue on to evolve into an Olive Drab Green adult.I thought better about leaving it on my neighbors lawn,even tho it never gets mowed and decided to put it by the pond out back.They could stay in this stage from 1 to 5 years before they evolve again while living on land.they must be hardy because they are known to swim under the ice in the winter.They grow to about 3 or 4 inches,this one was 3".I just thought it was pretty colorful and unusual,(to me anyway,they are common pets),and thought I would show everyone an animal known to only live where there is clean water.I can drink from my river across the road.It eats lots of bugs so he is a friend of mine for sure.My wife told me to wash my hands because they secrete poison through their skin for protection from predators.You know,I think she likes me after all.[:D]


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nice little newts but will give you a nasty case of the green apple trots if your not carefull
 

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I remember picking tons of those up after a rain storm when we were kid.
I used to always think they looked like orange peels [:D]
 

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I always felt sorry for all the frogs that would come out in the rain on the road...100's of them [:(] so sad mother nature can be at times. I saved many a living wildlife in my day, either in the road or woods ~
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Here are a few better photos I got with the close-up mode on my camera.The others were a little fuzzy.

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Cool.

We usta' go up to the lake, turn over rocks and grab a salamander. The tail came off half the time....?? -Julie
 

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Yeah I think that is a defense mechanism for them to get away and they regrow another.

This must be my year as a savior of animals.Ive saved 3 bats, I dont know how many snakes and a black salamander with yellow spots from our wood pile.The red newt from the road and today I found a kitten far away from any houses that almost got hit by a car while I was talking to a man beside the road.

I was going to make a saving "tame life" post but Ill just add the little guy in here.He was really hungry but not too thirsty.He had a lot of ear mites but no fleas.I took him to a friend who had some ear mite medicine and got him cleaned up.A friend of my daughters will keep him for her until Thanksgiving when she comes back from college so he has a home.My wife said no way,we already have 2 cats and a rabbit.I would like to leave the person responsible out in the middle of nowhere like they did to him and see how they like fending for themselves,far from any help.I guess the Humane Society was too much of a bother.I figure he cant be much more than a few months old.


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Hey Tim,...just ran across some of those orange guys last Sunday...Salamanders and newts are cool. I know where there's an old barn foundation deep in the woods, that a creek diverted into and made into a pond...It's shaded there, with shafts of light that get through, If you stand at the edge and look, there's dozens of the olive drab stage guys, mostly hanging, suspended in the water...It's a neat spot. I've always heard that they'll only live in ultra clean water too, and that bears out because we have them in our small creek out back, which is runoff from the neighboring farms spring. Great pics, Good save on the kitten too.

P.S Tim, did you notice too, that when they're in the orange stage their spots have faint olive around them, and when morphed to green, the spots have orange accents around them? Pretty cool paint job on Ma natures part...
 

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