We got a torrential downpour that lasted 30 mins or so. Afterward, there were groups of red efts congregating around the tree trunks! Note the greenish one on the lower left which seems to be approaching adulthood.
Juvenile Red Eft stage
The eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is a common newt of eastern North America. They frequent small lakes, ponds, and streams or near-by wet forests. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, noncarnivorous fish, as their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. They have lifespans of 12 to 15 years in the wild, and may grow to five inches in length. These newts are common aquarium pets, being either...