The rough skinned newt is know for its extreme toxicity. There is no known antidote for the tetrodotoxin found in the newt's skin. A similar toxin is also found in the Japanese puffer fish. According to the National Park Service, a single rough skinned newt divided up and eaten can kill 17 people.
I had a few hours this afternoon so I headed out to a couple of my favorite ponds. It was a rainy day, but the amphibian seemed happy as clams.
|A full-grown Pacific tree frog is about the size of my finger tip.|