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Amphibians of Washington


Rough-skinned newt
(Taricha granulosa)

 

What they look like

  • 6-9 cm
  • Can be yellow or tan, but usually dark brown or black
  • Underside is yellow, orange or red
  • Dry, granular skin

Where they live

  • In Washington state found west of the Cascades
  • Prefer slow moving, quiet water but can be found on land away from water under logs or rocks
  • Found in grassland, woodlands and forests

Breeding

  • Breeding season is December through July
  • Lays one egg at a time attached to underwater debris
  • Sometimes migrate long distances to breeding ponds
  • The larvae can mature and reproduce in their larval state, although this significantly lowers their life span.  This is referred to as neotony

Cool biology facts

  • Rough-skinned Newt Will display bright colored underside when threatened
  • They are Washington State’s most poisonous Newt!
  • Toxins can cause mild skin irritation, but can cause severe symptoms if ingested, including paralysis and/or death
  • The iris in their eyes are yellow or silverish

Photo

Distribution Map

Threats

There are currently no major threats

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