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Thursday, March 6, 2014

California newt


These little guys were out in abundance.  They love the wet weather and are always a pleasure to see.  It makes me wonder where they hide out during all the dry months throughout the year.

They are very slow moving, sluggish you could say.  I am always afraid of stepping on one for they blend in very well.  Usually it is their movement that saves me from ruining their day and mine too for that matter.  I'd be very upset and sad if I stepped on one.

You'd think they would be easy prey but they have nothing to worry about.  Their skin exudes a neurotoxin 100 times more toxic than cyanide which keeps them safe from being eaten.  Eat one and you die as did an Oregon man who swallowed a rough-skinned newt (a cousin to the California newt) on a dare and died in July 1981.  He probably earned a Darwin Award for that stunt.

The video is short for I felt I was stressing the little guy out by being so close.



12 comments:

  1. Very nice the photo's accompanied with a movie of the subject in case. Somewhere in the great balance of nature this little creature has absolute a function in keeping that balance. Speedy or not. Great post.

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  2. I've never seen those little creatures here

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  3. They are so cute and funny to see how they walk. It almost looks like they use arms and legs. Very nice photos.

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  4. EW! Someone swallowed one on a dare? The newt in the video did seem very aware at the end that you were way too close for comfort.

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  5. oh, he's cute!!! i've not seen newts here in texas but we get the brown skinks all the time. love those little guys!

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  6. Newts used to be common here in Southern Ontario. Glad to see they are doing well in your area.

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  7. Have you started your new trip, John? Where are you going?

    Cheers,
    Jo

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  8. Interesting little chap who obviously isn't too bothered about having his picture taken - probably recognises you as the sort of fellow who would know about poisonous skin.

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  9. Some nice shots.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  10. These guys are so cool! I found a whole bunch of them under a log next to a stream bed while hiking the Mt. Wilson trail one summer. Tried not to disturb them. Had no idea about the neurotoxin!

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  11. Wow he's one to avoid. Hope children don't pick him up either.

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