Swimming with Poisonous Rough Skinned Newts

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Below the waters of even the most murky of woodland ponds dwell one of the worlds most poisonous animals, the Rough Skinned Newt. These Pacific Northwest amphibians have knobbly backs, bright orange bellies, and excrete a poison 10,000 times more toxic than cyanide that is similar to that of the infamous Japanese Puffer Fish or Poison Dart Frogs. So long as you are not so dimwitted as to swallow one, the Rough Skinned Newt is a fascinating and innocuous creature to observe.

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