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Eastern red-spotted newt – Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia

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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Photo info:
Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Davis, West Virginia
September 2015
Zeiss Vari-Sonnar 24-70/1.8 ASPH lens
Sony RX100 IV digicam

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