1155 – Dried Newt

Physical description:
Tiny dark green dried newt.
Museum classification:
Spells and Charms
Size:
30 mm long approx.
Information:
Like toads, newts produce poisonous secretions from their skin to protect them from predators. Some species are so toxic they have been seen to climb unharmed from the mouths of their dead victims. This is probably why Shakespeare included eye of newt in the ingredients of his witches' brew in 'Macbeth'. Donated by Rory Te Tigo
Resource:
Object
Materials:
Animal