Warren County Wildlife: Eastern red-spotted newt


Eastern red-spotted newt
Photo courtesy of Warren Reporter

With the recent wet weather and high humidity the forest floor is a glow with Red Efts also known as the Eastern Spotted Newt.

When I was growing up in the 1970’s there was a TV show called “Kung Fu”, that was about an orphaned boy named Caine (played by David Caradine) who, armed with his martial art abilities, travels throughout the landscape, gaining life experiences, maturing, transforming from a young man to a Shaolin monk and martial arts expert, all in search of his family roots. Strangely enough when I come across a Red Eft (AKA the terrestrial phase of the Eastern Spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)) hiking in the woods - that image of Caine from “Kung Fu” comes to mind every time.

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