Trekking (Wholesomely) With Tilden's Sexed-Up Newts in Orinda, California
Ducks, turtles, and people aren’t the only ones attracted to the water in Tilden Regional Park; amphibious California newts hike from the forest across the road to Wildcat Creek every winter to mate and lay gelatinous egg clusters in their birth waters. The lizard-like creatures’ poisonous, slimy skin protects them from predators and fire but not from cars on South Park Drive, which closes from November 1 through April 1 for their annual migration. Spot them crossing the road, or look closer for their brown, camouflaged bodies in shallow waters or crawling over sticks and leaves in the woods. Let the newts’ trek inspire you to hike one of Tilden’s many trails or return in summer to swim (but not mate) in Lake Anza.
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- Megan Cytron (Editor) Cute newt!