|Gadzooks! A Blotched Newt!|
|1 November 2008|
|Found this fellow foraging during the season's first rain storm.|
|Its skin pigment may be a mutant adaptation to suit its particular environment.|
|Normal looking to a California Newt, except for its skin pigment.|
|I watched it for several minutes as it foraged across the forest floor.|
|Like all newts, it took no notice of me and simply
changed direction when I got too close.
|An adult male, it's interesting to speculate on the coloration of its offspring.|
|Newts return to water to propogate. This fellow was
at least a mile from any water source.
|It remained active and on the move, hard to photograph in the dim light.|
|I doubt I'll ever see such an unusually marked CA Newt again.|
|Leaves found in same area are remarkably similar in color to the blotched newt.|
|Scores of normal looking CA Newts were also foraging in the same area.|
|Note the general similiarities to the blotched newt.|
CA Newts are gentle, fragile creatures that deserve to live undisturbed.
Returning to the car, found this large newt standing
stock still in the middle of a Park's Service Road.
Intent on some distant objective, it allowed me
to get very close to take its picture.
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