05 February 2014

Salamanders and Newts

I moved the fig tree today and discovered this little creature underneath the barrel. He or she slowly crawled away under the wet ivy, but the sighting prompted me to look up the difference between newts and salamanders.
First of all, a salamander is a whole group of amphibians that have tails as adults. Most have smooth, wet skin like frogs and tails like lizards.
Newts are those salamanders that spend most of their time on ground, as opposed to in the water. So, our friend here is a newt. Do you see how the newt's feet clearly have no webbing? That is a sign it does not spend much, or any, time in water.

Hiding. Can you find its eyes?