Friday, April 30, 2010

Rough-skinned Newt


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

47 comments:

Carver said...

I agree with you. They are definitely cute. I always enjoy your photography. I don't think I've ever seen one of these in person so great to see your shots of them.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Cute...interesting herp info too.. and I soak it all in...Michelle

joey said...

Great shots ... I never imagined a newt could be so cute :)

Clytie said...

Definitely cute! we have lots of newts around here, I had no idea there were other kinds and some had toxins!!! Wow.

SandyCarlson said...

He has my respect. I won't touch the dude.

Serline said...

Great close-ups. May I introduce you to the giant monitor lizards at Lumpini Park; they will make a wonderful subject for you too... have a blessed weekend!

Monica said...

He is kind of cute isn't he! However, I think I rather continue to view him from the photograph and not in person. =)

dutchbaby said...

Totally cute. Love that soft orange belly. Is this near Eureka?

NicoleB, Egypt said...

I've never seen one like this.
Beautiful photos of this lovely fellow :)

Carolyn Ford said...

My kids had little green newts when they were younger. We handled them...never knew some were toxic. Gulp!

He is cute...no other word would fit, I agree. You did catch a great shot...love the color and lighting. I am curious where you found the little critter?

Johnny Nutcase said...

We saw this guy at the Arcata marsh. Carolyn, I wouldn't worry about handling them - just don't let the kiddos lick 'em! :) I held a rough-skinned a couple weeks ago and just made sure I washed my hands afterwards.

LadyFi said...

What an adorable creature! Such soft colours. And brilliant photos!

Dario Ferrari Photos said...

:oD nice photos!! I really like the second one!

Have a lovely weekend!

Bye
Dario

Rinkly Rimes said...

Grandma! What big eyes you have!

veredit said...

Huhu, little fellow! You are really gorgeous cute! You could have sprung straight from a storybook! A great month of May for you and pay attention to you!

for you too, my dear :))

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

Oh a colorful frog :) He looks happy :)
I bet he liked to meet you and be shot ;)

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Martha said...

I agree - very cute indeed! When I was a teenager I had red bellied newts for pets. I've always loved them :-)

Sylvia K said...

Colorful little guy, isn't he! And he makes for a terrific shadow shot! Always enjoy the information you include. Hope you have a great weekend, Jill!

Sylvia

Martha Z said...

He is cute and very colorful. I guess the color says, "Hey, I'm the one your don't want to eat."

Ralph said...

There lies his charm - cute, yes but don't mistake his looks for a cuddly pet, that could ruin our days. In our home, a furry cat is a better pet and way more cuddly...

EG Wow said...

Cools shots! :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Got to love that sweet face, what a beautiful Newt and your images are absolutely the best~ Super series!

Greyscale Territory said...

This newt has such a tangerine under belly! Amazing! And love the shadows that tag along with this cute little guy!

Cassie said...

Yup, that is one cute newt!
BUT,no other, than his mother,
Would kiss that snoot!!

Happy SSS to you!

jason said...

Cute definitely applies here! The colors are beautiful, too. And I had no idea about the strength of the toxins in this species. Cool info.

Daniela said...

So cute, love his colours.

awarewriter said...

Neat series of fine photos Jill. The eyes and the orange color really makes the newt pop.

Kevin said...

That is one amazing looking newt. Great shots, very cool!

Kerri said...

I agree they are VERY cute!! Fabulous captures!!

Jama said...

A cool shot but definitely not cute in my book! * runs away* lol

Christina. Sweden said...

Great shots of a cute (yes;-))little one with so bright color it looks almost like a rubbertoy. I love the expression in his (or her) face

Don't Bug Me! said...

I fear I suffer from the same problem - cutiephilia? But I can't fault you, he is adorable.

Ladynred said...

Yes it's cute and love the color.

Kala said...

He's adorable!

Jayne said...

Love the first and second shots in particular. Yes, he looks so cute ...and as I now know, cute but deadly! :O

Jane said...

Aww so cute and great capture of him, nice colours too. Thanks for sharing:)

Puna said...

He's kinda cute in a way...

margie said...

i think i would be more partial to a smooth skinned newt. lol.

Hootin' Anni said...

wow...so colorful. I'm laughing tho, at the comment above me about her preference. LOL

My macro is one of the best things in life....my grandson's teeny tiny hand at age 1.

Stop by if you can, I'd love your company today.

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Great photography. The newt's belly is such a vivid color.

Sistertex said...

They certainly are cute, that is for sure (just helping you to make sure the use of the word 'cute' is used enough, as you were saying.) ;). This is a great face, thanks so much for including it in 'Face of the Week' so we all get a good reason to smile this week. Thanks so much, appreciate it!

Hood Photo Blog said...

So adorable!!! I havent seen any newts around this area yet, but soon!

Manang Kim said...

Oh my that is so pretty macro! Happy Monday!

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Carol said...

Hmmm, so maybe cute is isn't as cute does?

jay said...

As soon as I saw him I thought 'He's pretty cute, but I wonder if he's poisonous?' It's the bright colour that gives the clue, isn't it?

We don't have them here. Some of our native newts have bright orange spots or streaks, but nothing like this!

jabblog said...

Whoever would want to try and eat such a pretty creature? Gorgeous photos!

Michael said...

His skin looks partially translucent. Maybe it's just how he is reflecting the light. What's the best word to describe him? Uh.. I give up. It's really hard not to use the word cute.