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Larch Mountain Salamander

Larch Mountain Salamanders are found in southern Washington in the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia river gorge area up to Snoqualmie pass.

Pseudoscorpion Illustration

All arachnids, not just spiders, have four pairs of legs.

Scorpion illustration

"Arachnid" doesn't just mean spider. The 11 arachnid orders include scorpions, ticks, etc.; spiders are just 1 order of class Arachnida.

Holding Dunn's Salamander.

Dunn's Salamanders are most often found under rocks in wet shaded areas on the edges of streams in forests.

orange and brown Ensatina salamander

Ensatina Salamanders are found west of the Cascade Mountains to the coast in Washington state.

Coast Giant Salamander

Coast Giant Salamanders are only found in the Pacific Northwest, most commonly near clear, cold mountain streams next to forests.

Cope's Giant Salamander

Cope's Giant Salamanders usually mature and reproduce almost entirely in their aquatic form without metamorphosing into terrestrial adults.

Tiger Salamander

It can often be difficult to find Tiger Salamanders because they spend most of their time buried (up to two feet!) in the ground.

Common Sagebrush Lizard

In addition to sagebrush, Common Sagebrush Lizards can be found in pinyon-junper woodlands, ope pine forests and Douglas fir forests.

Long-toed salamander.

Long-toed Salamanders mostly live underground in rodent burrows and can be found throughout Washington state. 

Western Fence Lizard

Western Fence Lizards feed on beetles, ants, flies, caterpillars, and spiders.

Common Side-blotched Lizard

Male side-blotched lizards compete for mates using a competitive strategy that resembles a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors!


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