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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Camera Critters~ Hello! What's Newt?

Camera Critters


Not too long ago, I blogged about Sugar Bear making friends with a little snake last summer while we were camping. She is quite the animal lover. She was quick to find another little creature to examine that day.

I'd like to introduce the Rough Skinned Newt.

Growing up, both Hubby and I recall playing with these little creatures as well. Hubby did inform me that if eaten, these little buggers are quite poisonous. We decided that it was safe to let her play with them as long as she didn't lick them, and we washed her hands thoroughly afterwards.

She was obsessed with them. She caught a total of four of these newts, and named a few of them. Tiger.....and ummmmm....I can't remember. She is asleep right now, or I'd ask her. Sugar has a memory like an elephant. I'm sure she could tell me the names.

As with the snake, I had to remind her a few times that the creature was not a toy, and should just be held, and admired....not flown like a rocket.....

taught a little dance.....

or hung by the neck!

She would do a great job for awhile, then lose her mind for a minute and do something silly. The tail was a bit irresistible at times.

But mostly she just wanted to love them to death.

After reading a bit more about them, I am feeling rather lucky she didn't have a reaction to them. I just know that as a kid neither hubby or I had any trouble, and I am certain we didn't have an obsessed mother scrubbing our hands afterward. I am undecided as to whether I'll ever let her play with them again. Experience tells me it is okay, but WOW what if something really did happen. I shutter even thinking about it.

Have a great Sunday.

20 Live It or Love It:

Gayle said...

Geez, what kind of reaction could she have?? Cute photos...the newt probably didn't think so, but really...can a newt think? Sugar cute as always! :)

Anonymous said...

Those are very fun and creative photos of your daughter and her friend, the Newt.

Michele said...

Awww... those are the sweetest photos I have seen in such a long time! I am a huge fan of nature and its little creatures!


Lindy said...

I love that she's not afraid of the creatures! That last photo is just too adorable.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Marvellous so cute, an the calrity on those pics is excellent

Autumn said...

I had no idea those where actually called Newts. I thought that was a salamander or water dog at least that's what I called them when I was Sugars age. LOL My brother and I would catch them all the time too. I adore these pictures, great shots Corey.

Aspiemom said...

I have one of those kids, too! Even at 14 he still enjoys being outside finding anything that crawls or flies.

Those are great pictures. There is one in particular where Sugarbear's eyes are so brilliant and lit up!

Anonymous said...

She had FUN! I'm not sure the newt would say the same thing, but I'll bet she always remember the fun she had.

Aunt Julie said...

Love the snaps. Better Sugar than I, though. I'm deathly afraid of cold-blooded wouldn't have to wait for any kind of allergic reaction from me, since I'd be passed out from just looking at the thing!

Maude Lynn said...

The Dancing Newt picture is priceless!

I can't imagine how I've avoided having a newt.

tommie said...

I am loving the dancing newt! Too cute.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic photos! My second daughter is the same way. We always have critters hanging out!

Anonymous said...

the colors are amazing. Great shots!

AnnD said...

I want to raise my daughter not to fear creepy crawlies too! So far, so good! I just wished I lived more near them, like you do!

Christina said...

at newt is one cute little dude! I didn't know they're dangerous either - but no chance of my daughter touching one anyway, LOL. Love SB's rosy little sun kissed cheeks! said...

Now what a great venture that was!

Tabitha Blue said...

Haha, I love that you let her play with it... and that she's ok. ... and that she made it dance and totally really did want to love it to DEATH. LOL My girl would be the same way.

I have to constantly remind her not to squeeze her kitty that she just loves so much!

Tabitha Blue said...

Great photos, btw!!

Killlashandra said...

Sometimes I think it's hard for kids not to love animals, insects, whatever their current crush is on to death. :) It's a cute series of pictures and I'm glad she didn't suffer any reactions to playing with the newt. We don't have anything like that around here.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hee hee, is it bad that I laughed at the dancing newt? I used to love playing with them as a kid. They're so cute.

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