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  •  The dept. of F&W pictures (5+ / 0-)

    don't look much like what we're calling newts in NW Oregon, except maybe the Columbia torrent salamander.  These are real dark on top, kinda like the mole salamander picture.

    I see them in shallow creeks, but also spot them  in open fields right at dawn.  They actively prowl at night and eat bugs. If I find then in the open at daybreak I always help them into deeper grass.  At least I hope I'm helping.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 09:18:49 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think I've ever found one that was out in (3+ / 0-)

      the open. The ones I've seen have either been in the water or else keeping cool and moist under a log or board or leaf litter or such as that. It's probably good to get them out of the sun if you find one in that predicament though. But I wouldn't handle them any more than absolutely necessary and your hands should be wet before picking them up as they have sensitive skin and need to stay moist.

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon

      by burnt out on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 09:27:12 PM PDT

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      •  some of the stuff I read (3+ / 0-)
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        said that newts spend most of the lives on land, while salamanders spend most of their lives in the water.

        I commonly find these guys in short grass especially on humid mornings.

        Their population seems to be declining.

        Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

        by 6412093 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:53:02 PM PDT

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        •  Where did you read that? The newts in our pond (3+ / 0-)

          seem to be completely aquatic as adults, even though they don't have gills. Our spotted and other (non newt) salamanders on the other hand are land dwellers once they reach adulthood and only return to the water at mating season. That is the opposite of what you are saying, but of course there are many different species with many different  traits.

          Just give me some truth. John Lennon

          by burnt out on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:44:58 AM PDT

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