Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 8:55AM
[chuck] in Delaware Water Gap, Red-spotted newt, Science

Came across this little guy during one of my hikes in the Delaware Water Gap (see McDade Trail). Looks like a red spotted or eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in the juvenile, land-dwelling stage ("eft" stage). Bright orange color and spots are apparently to warn predators of its highly toxic skin. [NOTE: The newt's toxin is a neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin. Blocks the action potential in nerve cell membranes. Bad stuff].

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