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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Barry C. Roach, May 21, 2011.

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  1. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    I live is southern Illinois and yesterday chased a salamander or a newt from my garage. I've lived here for 62 years and never saw one like this. Actually, I've never seen one this big and on dry land.

    It was about 7-8" long. Solid goldish coloration with no markings. Bobbed tail. I live near a creek but it's about 30 yds. away. Are salamanders or newts like this starting to inhabit this region?
     
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    Barry--that one doesn't sound familiar but about 10 years ago we found one in our yard under some rocks. It was black with goldish yellow dots. Craziest looking thing i'd ever seen. Check with your local IDNR and see if they can id it for ya. Thats what we did but i do not recall their answer.

    Looked like this one.
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  3. Brian in Oregon

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    Common over a wide area mainly in the upper central and eastern states, perhaps further south too.
     
  4. stokinpls

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    Try your google-fu. Golden newt. Probably had a run-in with a raccoon.

    The addys a "little" too long. Copy and paste.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3140/2771889670_8a4c966944.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.flickr.com/groups/nikondigitallearningcenter/discuss/72157622356470455/&h=357&w=500&sz=86&tbnid=4DDVJDmXAtwPXM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=130&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dgolden%2Bnewt%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=golden+newt&hl=en&usg=__YwM622pEDudxj76ZqSnEEZRmRx8=&sa=X&ei=aAfYTbLFOpG2twf5kY3pDg&sqi=2&ved=0CCcQ9QEwAg&biw=1259&bih=823
     
  5. Catpower

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    Might have been a skink, if something/ someone ever grabs it's tail it will come off, but regrow. It's part of their defense, to scare whatever grabs it by the tail, and it works pretty good at least it did about 50 yrs ago when I first picked one up by the tail
     
  6. Ross

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    Could it be a color variation of a mud puppy?????? Ross Puls
     
  7. Barry C. Roach

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    No scales so not a skink or a mudpuppy. I Googled the Golden Newt and it fits the description. Thanks all.
     
  8. Brian in Oregon

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    Mudpuppies don't break their tails when threatened.
     
  9. Shooting Jack

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    I think I used those for bait while striper fishing in California. We don't have them down here in South Georgia. I did see one in North Georgia while visiting in the mountains. Jackie B.
     
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