Androgenous Guest on my Patio


This is a red eft a.k.a. the juvenile red-spotted newt a.k.a. the eastern newt.

Ain’t he cute?  I say “he” but he could be a she.  My newt sexing skills aren’t what they once were.  Newt sexing (which, although it sounds similar if you say it quickly at a dinner party, is entirely different than “nude texting”) requires regular practice.  But I digress.

My wife said, “You should move him off the patio and put him somewhere moist.”

I let that go without making any coarse remarks.  “He’s fine.  These little guys have bio-magnetic orientation.  They never get lost.”

It’s true.  Has to be.  Says so on Wikipedia.

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