Red-Spotted Newt - Red Eft in Richmond. Woodland backyard as a natural habitat for Virginia wildlife. Salamander with spots Notophthalmus viridescens.

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Yardwork can bring lovely surprises! This elusive little beauty was discovered while raking leaves and found nestled safely under a large rotting branch. After taking a few pictures with my Canon Rebel XT this shy little creature was relocated to a new log home a few yards away where it obligingly disappeared from sight once again.

To learn more about this salamander check out this site. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

What a gentle invention by Mother Nature :0)

Photograph copyrighted by Carolyn Hietala.

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