Those things that look like ears are gills. It’s how a baby newt breathes. It’s sort of like having your lungs sprouting off the sides of your head so you can wave them through the water to breath.
I’m raising baby newts right now and they have those gills growing off their heads. The baby newts are so small that it’s hard to take good photos of them, but I’ll try to get some images of them up.
Tonight at E3 I’ll be going on stage with Tommy Tallarico’s traveling symphony that play video games music, Video Games Live! No, I won’t be playing an instrument, though I’d give it a shot if they’d let me. The symphony is going to be playing selections from Earthworm Jim, and they’re bringing the original Shiny team up on stage!