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Red Efts

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Because of all the rain we’ve had, little orange salamanders are everywhere!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        These red efts have a fascinating life history.  Eggs are laid in a pond,
and hatch into larval salamanders referred to as eastern newts (previously
called red-spotted newts).  Eventually the larvae shed their gills, grow lungs,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         turn reddish-orange and crawl out onto the land, where they are called red efts.
After spending three to seven years on land, they turn olive-green
(still maintaining the red spots they possessed as red efts) and return to the
water, where they spend the rest of their lives and are referred to once again as
eastern newts.

One response

  1. Kathryn Connell

    We live in a VERY sandy, dry area of Fairfax (on an sand dune, actually)so I was quite surprised to see a little eft walking through my lawn the other day. And only a minute later, I saw a small frog (leopard, I think). I LOVE amphibians and am seriously considering putting in a small garden pond for their benefit.

    I also saw two of the biggest spiders I care to see around here. Legs out – about 2″ across. Legs were striped with gray. After my heart started beating again, they were interesting to watch.

    May 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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