Canadian in Candia

June 9, 2009

Newt

Filed under: Wildlife — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 9:27 am

Bear Brook Evening walkI think the first time I ever saw one of these little guys was on a hike in the White Mountains.  Since I have seen them on trails all over New Hampshire.

They are native to the parts of Ontario where I grew up but I never seen one in the wild. Perhaps the areas were not swampy enough. Or after doing some research on wikipedia it’s possible that those in New Hampshire are part of a subspecies known as Red-Spotted newt, while those on the western edge are called Central Newts. Central newts typically lack the red markings, thus making them less noticeable.

They are brightly coloured because they are toxic. I hope the puppy doesn’t try to learn it the hard way. Both for the sake of the puppy, and the newt. I’ll try to get a better picture of one next time I see one.

For more information on them read the Wikipedia article on Eastern Newts.

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2 Comments »

  1. I’ve seen one of those before, but didn’t know what it was.

    Comment by Jessica — June 9, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

    • I guess it’s their terrestrial juvenile phase. Have you seen the bright orange slugs in the White Mountains? Those are pretty gross, and everywhere.

      Comment by Miriam — June 10, 2009 @ 8:04 am


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