Rather cute, eh? Indeed! But this rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) could kill you. With little tiny newt nunchucks or crazy newt voodoo? No, with his potent newt toxins. But I don't hold this against him. If some sicko were to ingest this little guy (that's horrible!), the poisons could likely kill said idiot. Sometimes there is skin irritation if you pick them up, but it's still generally safe to hold them. A lot of salamanders, newts and other herps produce toxins, but not anywhere nearly as potent as these.
We've seen a handful of them since we've been here, but this was by far the best look I've got of one. They certainly are handsome! (and cute, but I realize I overuse the word "cute" far too much. But, I can't help it, it's so descriptive and fitting for my little friends) Color Carnival, Shadow Shot, Macro Monday, Face of the Week