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Old 06-06-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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I show an example here of a small mudhole that is housing dozens or perhaps hundreds of tadpoles, one of the tads, and a frog rushing to his breeding site. It looks as if many will make it this year before it dries up. It doesn't take much space or effort to create such a pool for amphibians to complete this important phase of their life.
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I show an example here of a small mudhole that is housing dozens or perhaps hundreds of tadpoles, one of the tads, and a frog rushing to his breeding site. It looks as if many will make it this year before it dries up. It doesn't take much space or effort to create such a pool for amphibians to complete this important phase of their life.
That is very attractive for something called a mudhole! Great pictures and you make a great point.

There is a drainage ditch near the edge of my property. I'll have to see if anything is growing up in there. The past two years here, I've uncovered a few salamanders in the yard. While moving rocks, I'd see something that looked like a worm at first, but something seemed off. Then as it moved, I'd see the legs and head. I'm thrilled to have them here, and I wonder if that is where they are breeding.

What is the difference between a salamander, newt, and eft?

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Hi, a newt is a salamander, but the term reduces which set of salamanders one is referring to down a little further. In the United States species of the Genus Notophthalmus and Taricha are considered newts because they either have bumpy, rough skin or the eft stage has bumpy, rough skin.

An eft is a land dwelling, immature stage of some newt species. The eft stage is sometimes brightly colored to warn predators not to eat them. They return to water at some point and generally live close to or in water thereafter.
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What is the difference between a salamander, newt, and eft?
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Their eggs hatch in the water and start out as an aquatic dweller looking very similar to tiny little fish.
They have gills and eventually develop legs.
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Once they loose their gills they turn into terrestrial juveniles... efts.
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They mature into adult newts (a member of the salamander family) which returns to the water to breed to start the egg laying process all over again.
For viewing purposes I set her upon a leaf and then returned her to the water.
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Their bellies are a lighter yellow. A form of camouflage which allows them to blend into the bright sky when viewed from below.
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Ooops Guess it took me longer than expected to gather the photos.
I see midwesternerr has you covered...
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Hi, a newt is a salamander, but the term reduces which set of salamanders one is referring to down a little further. In the United States species of the Genus Notophthalmus and Taricha are considered newts because they either have bumpy, rough skin or the eft stage has bumpy, rough skin.

An eft is a land dwelling, immature stage of some newt species. The eft stage is sometimes brightly colored to warn predators not to eat them. They return to water at some point and generally live close to or in water thereafter.
Thanks, midwesterner. So, I guess I'll just use the general term "salamander".
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Their eggs hatch in the water and start out as an aquatic dweller looking very similar to tiny little fish.
They have gills and eventually develop legs.
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Once they loose their gills they turn into terrestrial juveniles... efts.
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They mature into adult newts (a member of the salamander family) which returns to the water to breed to start the egg laying process all over again.
For viewing purposes I set her upon a leaf and then returned her to the water.
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Their bellies are a lighter yellow. A form of camouflage which allows them to blend into the bright sky when viewed from below.
Great pictures, havalotta. Thank you.

I've heard/or read the terms before, but it has been a long time. I was a little unclear if it was a stage of the salamander's life or a separate species. I was too lazy to look it up myself so I posted here. I figured people like to share what they know anyway.

...and I got some nice pictures as well! =)
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Ooops Guess it took me longer than expected to gather the photos.
I see midwesternerr has you covered...
~smile~ That is the nature of a forum!
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