Monday, March 30, 2009

03-28-09 Dude! Red spotted newt dude!

The Future Scientists netted a couple nice adult red-spotted newts at one of the ponds at Grand River Terraces.
Spring, being the season of love for our amphibian friends, prompted us to examine the "love zone". Note the swollen cloaca (at the base of the tail) characteristic of males.
Male red-spotted newts also have dark "nuptial pads" running along the inside of the legs and toes, perhaps to help hanging on to those female newts playing hard-to-get. You know who you are, girls.

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