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These eggs were left high and dry when the lake level changed so I moved them back into the water. The lake is full of rough skinned newts and the eggs look a bit like them. The limbs have not started to differentiate from the bodies on the embryos.

In spite of being out of water the eggs looked healthy. I did not see the embryos moving at all.

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Rough-skinned Newt - Photo (c) Dan Dzurisin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
mossy's ID: Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa)
Posted by mossy about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Actually, this is the egg mass of the Northwest Salamander (Ambystoma gracile). Rough-skinned Newts do not lay eggs in a mass, rather the male will deposit a spermatophore at the bottom of the water source and guide the female over it where she will pick the sperm cap up with her cloaca and thus fertilize her egg.
-Paul

Posted by herpguy almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Rough-skinned Newt - Photo (c) Dan Dzurisin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
mossy's ID: Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa)
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