With rather few options available for a creature of this letter, I decided to doodlewash this newt. Newts are a type of salamander and have the unusual ability to regenerate body parts including limbs, spinal cord tissues, and even eyes. Many of these little guys are also highly toxic, but only if ingested, so humans are safe to handle newts as long as they don’t try to eat them. Something I’m hoping most humans would never consider.
Newt populations are rapidly declining worldwide, a problem facing many amphibians due to deforestation and pollution. Without the humans to screw up their little lives, they can actual live quite a long time, with some newts living over 25 years. Some species of newt will curl up and play dead when provoked by a predator, or lie on their back exposing their bright underbelly as a warning. Apparently bright bellies are not something these attackers like, or perhaps it’s just nature’s hazard warning label, considering their high toxicity.
I’ve no personal experiences with newts, so this is all I was able to discover in my intense five minutes of research. It’s equally possible I ended up included lies and urban legends in these factoids, but for the most part I think these are basically truths. I’m not sure if a newt qualifies as cute, but I rather enjoyed created this little guy and hope you’ll like him as well. The next letter is “O” so if you have a suggestion of what I should doodlewash, shout it out in the comments!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Perylene Maroon, Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White Gouache. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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