red efts

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natgeo Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
As a photographer one of the things I practice is noticing small things, details. Occasionally it pays off in unexpected ways and I sometimes see the strangest things. I often photograph red efts that I see in the forest. They are the juvenile form of the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). But I had never seen this before. A bright green caterpillar crossing the newt like a bridge. Funniest thing was that the newt waited  patiently for the insect to cross before moving on. There is a whole wild world on the forest floor.

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Red Eft (Juvenile Eastern Newt) by Karen (busy)

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Doesn’t everyone use newts as their own personal bridge? 🐛😂Repost @natgeo | 🐛Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
As a photographer one of the things I practice is noticing small things, details. Occasionally it pays off in unexpected ways and I sometimes see the strangest things. I often photograph red efts that I see in the forest. They are the juvenile form of the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). But I had never seen this before. A bright green caterpillar crossing the newt like a bridge. Funniest thing was that the newt waited patiently for the insect to cross before moving on. There is a whole wild world on the forest floor. #forestunseen #home #redeft #newt #caterpillar #bridge #funny #funnyanimals #cute #orange #green #wildlifephotography #wildlifebiologist #nature #animals #wildlife #wildlifelovers #wildlifeconservation #conservation #insect #amphibian #endextinction #forest #forestfloor #KeyConservation

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Oh why herro there my sweet squishy little buddies can I hold you in my hands for a moment plz thnx omg
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ARE YOU EVEN REAL WTF

I was at work and made really inhuman squeeking noises in front of people

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“You have encountered an eastern newt during its red eft stage. Eastern newts spend their childhood underwater and their adulthood underwater, but undergo a brief terrestrial transformation just prior to sexual maturity. It is speculated that their ancestors used to conduct their breeding on land, but later decided to return to water, leaving behind this red eft stage as a vestigial behavior pattern. “
- my good friend Nathaniel Deardoff  

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.