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Ned's Newt

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While searching through On Demands' large selection of cartoons for my daughter, I found Ned's Newt, a cartoon that features a salamander, or more specifically, a newt. Of course, because a salamander was involved, I had to watch an episode and provide my review in the salamander blog. The idea behind the cartoon is a young boy can't find any other pet so he is left with buying a lethargic salamander. Given a jar of special pet food, the newt, Newton, is able to grow to a large size and morph into different shapes, creatures, etc. The newt reminds me a lot of Genie in the Disney cartoon, Alladin, even down to the blue coloration.

Amazon.com had several copies of the series but all of them were on VHS and I've haven't seen any DVD versions available.

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I get emails from time to time when bills are introduced in state legislatures to designate a state amphibian. While several states, Delaware and Ohio for instance, are in the process of designating a state amphibian, many already have a state amphibian. Wikipedia shows that with 14 states reporting in, the frogs have the edge leading 8 to 6. In the near furture, Delaware is moving towards making the Shenandoah Mountain Salamander (Plethodon Virginia) it's state amphibian while Ohio is moving towards designating the American Bullfrog. For the time being, it looks like the frogs have it.