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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Amphibian afternoon

 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 Pacific tree frog climbs through tall grass growing near one of the ponds. Also known as the Pacific chorus frog, the little tree frogs are the most common frog found on the west coast of North America.
A full-grown Pacific tree frog is about the size of my finger tip.

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