Newt Scamander: “What, you fought in the war?”
Jacob Kowalski: “Of course I fought in the war, everyone fought in the war – you didn’t fight in the war?”
Newt Scamander: “I worked mostly with dragons, Ukrainian Ironbellies – Eastern Front.”
Aka Newt secretly being a dragon tamer in the war is canon and you’ll have to pry that fact from my cold dead hands
Sketchbook notes! I’m trying to better familiarize myself with native species, starting with amphibians because I’m pretty bad with amphibian IDing in general. This isn’t an exhaustive species write-up or a sophisticated and precise illustration; it’s mostly just note-taking, because drawing and writing things down helps me remember stuff and I’d rather already have some of this stuff in my head if I find one when I go field herping than have to pull out a field guide :P
I’m just going in order on a list of species commonly found in my local parks; this guy was first on the list :D
Red efts are on the move. These salamanders are part of the strange life cycle of the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). Baby newts have gills and are fully aquatic. Then they become land-dwelling efts, roaming widely and advertising their poisonous nature with neon orange. When it’s time to reproduce, they shapeshift to an adult aquatic form and and return to the water.