19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Red Dragon in the High Country

In the early spring, when the fallen leaves and ground cover is cool and moist, the red dragon newt walks almost freely as at this stage of its life it is very poisonous. Still, its bright orange-red glow is a fabulous find on theforest floor.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Linville, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
Copyright: © Derek Halsey