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Eastern Newt (Adult) - Notophthalmus viridescens I nearly stepped on this salamander. I found it in this position. It wasn&#039;t moving and, at first, I thought it was dead. I picked it up and it slowly started wiggling in my hand. I held it for several minutes to warm it up before setting it free, after which it was moving around normally. I assume it was in this weird, upside down position because it was: playing dead or really cold (it was a frigid day) or dying. It was encouraging that it recovered after a short snuggle, but who knows if it was able to survive.<br />
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Habitat: Mixed forest Eastern newt,Fall,Geotagged,Notophthalmus,Notophthalmus viridescens,United States,salamander Click/tap to enlarge

Eastern Newt (Adult) - Notophthalmus viridescens

I nearly stepped on this salamander. I found it in this position. It wasn't moving and, at first, I thought it was dead. I picked it up and it slowly started wiggling in my hand. I held it for several minutes to warm it up before setting it free, after which it was moving around normally. I assume it was in this weird, upside down position because it was: playing dead or really cold (it was a frigid day) or dying. It was encouraging that it recovered after a short snuggle, but who knows if it was able to survive.

Habitat: Mixed forest

    comments (7)

  1. Playing dead prematurely, that's strange. Posted 26 days ago
    1. It was weird. It's like it just rolled over and decided to die. Posted 25 days ago
      1. Inebriated? Posted 25 days ago
        1. Lol. Perhaps it sampled some magic mushrooms. Posted 24 days ago
  2. Oh boy, maybe it was entering hibernation? Posted 24 days ago
    1. Could be! It chose an odd location, though. ;P Posted 21 days ago, modified 21 days ago
  3. Magic hands Posted 17 days ago

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The eastern newt or red-spotted newt is a common salamander of eastern North America. Eastern newts dwell in wet forests with small lakes or ponds. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, non-carnivorous fish, however, their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years in the wild, and may grow to 5 inches in length.

Similar species: Salamanders
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Nov 12, 2022. Captured Sep 30, 2021 09:12 in 5 Judson Ave, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO640
  • 100mm