This week is dedicated to the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)! Sometimes called the Red-spotted Newt, these amphibians are common at Murphys Point. They go through three life stages — larval, juvenile (when they are known as red eft), and adult. Individuals move from the water upon reaching the red eft stage, and back to the water once fully mature. Pictured here is an adult. It has dull, olive green skin with black-rimmed red spots that warn predators of toxins within its skin. Interestingly, Garter Snakes are immune to Eastern Newts’ lethal toxins. Their warning spots appear at the red eft stage and remain for the newt’s lifetime — close to ten years in the wild! These amphibians are carnivorous — they feed on a variety of insects and aquatic organisms that live in or near their wetland habitat. Like Salmon, Eastern Newts return to the same body of water where they were born to reproduce.
Welcome! Watch this space for upcoming activities.
All hiking trails are open, including the Silver Queen Mine trail; however, the mine itself is closed except when guided tours are running. Watch this space for information or visit the Murphys Point Facebook page or website for updates http://www.ontarioparks.com
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2021 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
Friends are always looking for volunteers