Eastern Newt/Red Eft

Jun 29, 2020
In an eastern newt's juvenille stage it is called a red eft
Distant Hill Gardens [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flickr

The eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is a common newt of eastern North America. It frequents small lakes, ponds, and streams or nearby wet forests. The eastern newt produces tetrodotoxin, which makes the species unpalatable to predatory fish and crayfish.[2] It has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years in the wild, and it may grow to 5 in (13 cm) in length. These animals are common aquarium pets, being either collected from the wild or sold commercially. The striking bright orange juvenile stage, which is land-dwelling, is known as a red eft.

Green Tree Frog

Apr 30, 2018
American Green Tree Frog
Brett Hondow [CC0 1.0] via Pixabay

This frog's range is expanding from the Coastal Plain to the Piedmont.

Amphibians on the Menu

Sep 28, 2017
A juvenile Black Rat Snake.
Brad Carlson [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Immature Black Rat snakes will eat amphibians. The adults feed on birds and mammals.

The Snake and the Frog

Aug 16, 2017
Eastern Garter snake.
Glenn Bartolotti via Wikimedia Commons

This common snake was found in a pool near Columbia, along with  a bullfrog.

It's Not a Lizard

Nov 29, 2016
A Southern Red-Backed Salamander.
Greg Schechter [CC 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Salamanders have wet skin and no scales. Lizards have dry skin and scales.

Traveling Salamander

Jul 25, 2016
An Eastern Newt in the "red eft" stage.
Jason Quinn, via Wikimedia Commons

  The Eastern Newt, in its immature, "red eft" stage, actually leaves the water and travels around before returning to mature into an adult.