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Monday, July 24, 2006


D. Sidhe

Nice newt. Is he a cave newt?

Mark H

No, I think it's a true albino mud puppy. It's hard to see in the photo, but there is a normal brown one just above and to the right of it.

D. Sidhe

I see a claw, I think. You're right, he does look mud-puppyish, now that I look closer, and his eyes would be pretty big for a cave critter. Still a cutie.

When I was just a young lass, my grandmother lived near a pond filled with rough-skinned orange newts. In retrospect, it's a good thing I wasn't allergic to them or whatever, but I've always had a fondness for newts and salamanders.

We've got some salamanders out in the pond in the middle of our complex. I've rescued a few from the parking lot. Of course, they go back to the pond where there are snakes and birds and frogs, but I like to hope they're wily enough to avoid being eaten.

Gosh, newts. So adorable. Ignore me.


Nice house!

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