AMPHIBIAN DAY AT CAMP!!
We’re off in search of salamanders and newts around Lake Salamander today at camp! Grab your canoe and let’s go exploring campers! We’re hoping to spot the Rough Skinned Newt!
- The Rough Skinned Newt is an amphibian. Other amphibians also include frogs, toads and salamanders.
- Rough skinned newts have rough, bumpy skin as implied by their name.
- They are extremely toxic. They produce a strong toxin that can cause death if eaten. It can also be absorbed through the skin if you have an open cut or wound.
- They are brownish-black in color with yellow to orange bellies.
- Rough skinned newts are nocturnal.
- They can live as long as 12 years!
- The common garter snake is the rough skinned newt’s only predator. The snakes have developed immunity to their toxin.
Wow! Who knew a cute little newt could be so poisonous? Well we think they are pretty awesome! We think this animal is best seen and not eaten!
I had no idea there were toxic newts. How common are they? Would I see them in Pennsylvania??