Uninvited guest

Yesterday in one of my murkier aquariums I discovered something that did not belong:

Newt in profile

It appears to be a tiny adult red-spotted newt.   There are a few plants in that tank that were floating in an outdoor pond (in North Carolina, I believe) a few months ago, so my guess is that an egg rode in on a leaf, hatched, and the tadpole spent the summer eating baby shrimp and hiding.

The problem with this explanation is that  these guys are supposed to spend a few years living on land in between egg and adult.  So…that’s a mystery.

newt in portrait

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