Red Eft, Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee
It looks like a little dragon doesn't it? Red efts are the juvenile form of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescen). At some point they migrate to streams and ponds to take on their aquatic form an look more like conventional salamanders.
One of my weekly "rituals" at home is a morning hike down the mountainside. The appearance of red efts on the trails is one of the ways that I mark the true beginning of spring. How do you all mark the change of seasons? Are there daily, weekly, or monthly things you do that help you see them?
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