I stumbled upon this scene while looking for mushrooms. These rotting mushrooms which were infested with fungus gnats appeared to have rung a dinner bell for these Red-spotted Newts. There was a trail of them flocking to it. In one picture you can see about five but at the time I think I had counted about 8 or 9.
Found this red elf inside the building at work.
Found during the round of storms that passed through the area that night. At one point, the little guy got a tad agitated during photos and attempted an unken-reflex posture.
Photo/observation by Kal Ivanov (VMNH).
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...