This illustration was my fifth year’s submission for the New York State Habitat & Access Stamp. The Eastern Newt (Red Eft) is a pleasant find in our region’s forests. These tiny amphibians are easy to spot on the damp forest ground after it rains if you know where to look. Their bright orange color helps too. They grow to be 2.5-5 inches long, and their skin is slightly toxic, which helps protect them from predators. Since the submission instructions state keeping the background to a minimum, I added a pine needle for size reference.