Like many other critters in the animal kingdom, the juvenile stage of the Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is brightly colored to warn off potential predators, due to the saturation of the juvenile’s tissues with tetrodotoxin. We spotted (heh) this little beauty as we were day hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia.
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Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Davis, West Virginia
Zeiss Vari-Sonnar 24-70/1.8 ASPH lens
Sony RX100 IV digicam