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Touch Me If You Dare

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Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in the juvenile stage -- Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia (September 2015)Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in the juvenile stage — Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia (September 2015)
Sony RX100 IV 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Oh yeah. I don’t know from personal experience just how toxic they are, but this is what I found:

      “Cutaneous secretions of toxic substances (tetrodotoxin and its analogues 6-epiTTX and 11-oxoTTX) serve as a defense mechanism from potential predators (Webster 1960; Brodie 1968; Hurlburt 1970; Pough 1971; Brandon et al. 1979; Brodie and Formanowicz 1981; Shure et al. 1989). Although the bright coloration of juveniles (red efts) is presumed to be aposematic, one study supported that conclusion by finding that efts were more toxic than non-aposematic adults (Wakely et al. 1966), but a different study found that efts and non-aposematic adults were equally toxic (Yotsu-Yamashita and Mebs 2003).” http://amphibiaweb.org/cgi/amphib_query?where-genus=Notophthalmus&where-species=viridescens&account=amphibiaweb

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      You would think he would be hard to miss, but we almost did just that. He blended in so well with the fall foliage that Cindy walked right past and I almost stepped directly on him. The only giveaway was movement, and I’m sure he wished he’d never moved once we got finished taking his photo and pestering him.

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