Friday 19 January 2024

A Lizard Called as a California Newt - Nature 118

We just found a kind of lizard or salamander or newt in our neighborhood. The first time we have seen this kind of critter. 


Image 00 - A lizard on the hand 

After observing a while, we can conclude that some characters of this newt are:
- brownish color with orange underparts. 
- slender body with four legs and a bit long tail.
- visible texture of moist and smooth skin appearance.

Based on identification by GoogleID and BingID, this critter could be a California newt species.

The California newt with scientific name Taricha torosa is known as endemic species to California.

Image 02 - Plants, just for illustration.

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Image 03 - A bird, illustration only.

Strangely, how this California newt, the endemic species to California could arrive in Louisiana?


Fig 04 - A wild plant with little fruit.

The possibility that one of our neighbors has this newt as a pet, then the critter escaped, end up in the yards.


Image 05 - The Christmas tree, illustration.

Just to let you know that California newts have toxin called tetrodoxin, a powerful poison like poison in pufferfish.


Fig 06 - The plants around neighborhood.

Have you seen the California newt in the nature?

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31 comments:

  1. Life in various form !
    Lovely pictures !
    Have a nice weekend !
    Anna

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  2. Lindas fotos estimada amiga. A natureza nas suas várias diferenças. Gostei.
    Deixo os meus votos de um bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.

    Mário Margaride

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  3. Lindas fotos estimada amiga. A natureza nas suas várias diferenças. Gostei.
    Deixo os meus votos de um bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.

    Mário Margaride

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  4. Introduced pests and weeds are always a night mare

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  5. Un besote y desearte un bonito fin de semana.

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  6. Por aquí, hay parecidos, no iguales, lagartos pero no de la especificidad del tritón. Que el ser endémico, solo tiene hábitat en California. Un abrazo. carlos

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  7. Interesting discovery!
    I don't think I've ever encountered a live newt.

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  8. You are brave to put her on your hand.

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  9. It is a cute lizard. I do not think we would see this newt in Maryland.
    Cute capture of the Robin. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend.

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  10. What a beautiful lizard. Thanks for sharing. No, I have never seen this one here in Europe. The only one I saw was a sand lizard basking on a path through the heath. That was a wonderful encounter. https://momentsfrozentime.blogspot.com/

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  11. Appena ho visto la foto del tritone mi è subito venuto in mente il film Matilda sei mitica, con Danny DeVito e la piccola Mara Wilson.

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  12. WE have a lot of lizards here in Florida but I've not seen a newt here. They are colorful!

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  13. That is awesome lizard, climbing of your hand,

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  14. Fascinating discovery! I think newts are poisonous, it's best to observe at a distance and avoid handling them, especially with bare hands.

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  15. What a lovely looking creature! I rarely see newts of any species.

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  16. I've never seen a lizard like that. Beautiful creature.

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  17. It is interesting ...
    I wish you a nice week.

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  18. How would this newt spread its poison? Does it bite?

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  19. This is such a cute lizard, it's too bad it can be poisonous. I have several lizards that live in my yard here in Phoenix, but I have never had one on my hand before!

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  20. Love that Newt. They're such cool animals.

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  21. Hi, very interesting post! This lizard is amazing. And the plant with red fruits is beautiful too. I would like to visit California someday.

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