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infected salamander
2014-11-01 05:19:05

A deadly fungal disease is killing salamanders across Europe and biologists believe it’s only a matter of time before the fungus starts ravaging salamanders in North America, according to a new report in the journal Science.


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Eastern Newt, Notophthalamus viridescens
2013-10-07 12:56:00

The Eastern Newt (Notophthalamus viridescens) is a common newt of eastern North America. They frequent small lakes, ponds, and streams or near-by wet forests. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, noncarnivorous fish, as their skin secretes a poisonous substance when the newt is threatened or injured. They have lifespans of 12 to 15 years within the wild and may grow to five inches long. These newts are common aquarium pets, being either collected from the wild or bought. The...

California Newt, Taricha torosa
2013-10-07 12:36:43

The California Newt (Taricha torosa), known also as the Orange-bellied Newt, is a newt located mainly in California. The adult length can range from 5 to 8 inches. The skin gives off a potent toxin. T. torosa is divided into two subspecies; the Sierra Newt (T. t. sierrae) and the Coastal Range Newt (T. t. torosa). The difference between these two appears to be only in the location in which they can be found. They exist mostly on the California coastline and in the Sierra Nevada, due to...

Rough-skinned Newt, Taricha granulosa
2013-08-13 09:56:22

The Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) is a North American Newt notorious for the strong toxin exuded from its skin. This is a stocky newt with a rounded snout. It ranges from light brown to olive or brownish-black on top, with the underside, including the head, tail, and legs, contrasting orange to yellow. The skin is granular but the males have smooth skin during the breeding season. They measure up to 6 to 9 centimeters from snout to vent and 11 to 18 centimeters overall. They are...

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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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