Thursday, January 7, 2021

Rough-skinned Newt

On 4 January 2021, Erika and I were surprised by the rain letting up, so we took a stroll at the Woodard Bay Preserve northeast of Olympia. In our path, we discovered what we presume to be a Rough-skinned Newt. According to the Burke Museum, these amphibians are found west of the Cascades in Washington—overall the species is found from Alaska to California. These newts are toxic. Touching them can cause mild skin irritation—but eating one (I am not sure why you would eat one) can result in paralysis and/or death! The breeding season in Washington is from December through July. They may make long migrations to breeding ponds. Others breed as larvae in their ponds

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