Where they live
- View a map of where they live
- Found primarily west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state
- Prefer forest wetlands and quiet, permanent water
- In wet, humid weather have been known to venture from water sources into well-shaded vegetation
- They have an unusually short breeding period of 1-2 weeks, sometime between January and April
- Need cool water for breeding and sometimes will start breeding before water has completely thawed out from winter freezing.
- Eggs are attached to branches near water surface a few feet from the shoreline
Cool Biology Facts
- Have very quiet voices and are not often heard by humans, sometimes calling underwater
- They have been known to live as long as 15 years in the wild (in colder areas of range).
- Major threats are introduced species and habitat destruction. View their status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Amphibians & Reptiles of Washington
Do you know where rattlesnakes live in our state? Or which salamander breathes through its skin? Explore the fascinating diversity of the 26 species of amphibians and 28 reptiles found in Washington state.