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Rough-skinned Newt - Taricha granulosa

(Skilton, 1849)




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  Adult, Grays Harbor County, Washington  
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Adult, breeding aquatic phase,
Pacific County, Washington
Adult in defensive posture, with coiled tail. Lewis County, Washington
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Adult underwater,
Douglas County Oregon
Adult, in defensive pose,
Douglas County Oregon
Adult, in defensive pose,
Douglas County Oregon
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Adult, underwater in a small pool at the edge of a river, Douglas County Oregon Adult in a pond,
Mason County, Washington
Adult in a pond,
Thurston County, Washington
Adults in a pond,
Thurston County, Washington
Adult in a pond,
Thurston County, Washington
Adults in a pond,
Thurston County, Washington
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Adult in a pond,
Thurston County, Washington

Large mass of adult newts underwater in early September, southern Oregon
@ 2005 David Mikkelsen

There are aprox. 2000 newts in this mass, according to David Mikkelsen. He has observed that after the spring breeding season the newts congregate in underwater leaf litter in the shaded still water at the edge of this river and stay there until the beginning of the fall rains when they once again return to the surrounding forest.

Recently metamorphed juvenile, Oregon
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This unusual Rough-skinned Newt with a light ground color and dark blotches, was found near the coast in Tillamook County, Oregon in an area with many other typically-colored newts. © Matt D'Agrosa and Yvonne Stotler This is a short video of the newt described to the left.
© Matt D'Agrosa and Yvonne Stotler
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Adult, Mason County, Washington Rough-skinned Newts have a dark lower eyelid. The eye has a yellow patch in it.
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From above, the eyes do not reach the outline of the head. Rough-skinned Newt Skeleton
National Museum of Natural History
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Several adult newts in a Pacific County, WA breeding pond in late February eating the eggs of another amphibian, probably Northwestern Salamander or Western Long-toed Salamander eggs.
     
Breeding, Eggs, and Young
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Underwater male and female in amplexus, Pacific County, Washington Mating ball, Southwest Oregon,
© Steven Krause
Male and female in amplexus,
Pacific County, Washington
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During the breeding season, adult males develop nuptial pads on the toes to improve their ability to hold onto females during amplexus. Compare with the toes of a breeding female without these pads. Egg on submerged blade of grass, Thurston County, Washington.
© 2004 William Leonard
Gilled metamorph found on land and photographed underwater.
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  Larva (in water)  
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Metamorphs, found on land at the edge of a pond, and photographed underwater. Notice the trace of gills remaining
 
Habitat
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Habitat, Douglas County, Oregon Breeding pond, Benton County, Oregon Breeding pond,
Pacific County, Washington
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Breeding pond,
Thurston County, Washington
The newts at Crater Lake, Klamath County, Oregon, are dark sometimes with dark undersides. Some herpetologists recognize them as a different subspecies:Taricha granulosa mazamae - The Crater Lake Rough-skinned Newt. Habitat, Grays Harbor County, Washington
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Habitat, Kitsap County, Washington Breeding pond,
Pacific County, Washington
Breeding pond,
Pacific County, Washington
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Breeding pond,
Pacific County, Washington
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  Rough-skinned Newt habitat  
  Habitat, Mason County, Washington  
     
Short Videos
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Rough-skinned newts move around the rocky shallow margins of a river in Douglas County, Oregon, occasionally coming up for air.

A few light taps on the back of a Rough-skinned Newt causes it to take a passive defensive posture, raising its tail and head to display the bright orange color of its underside which signifies danger. This "unken reflex" shows a would-be predator that the newt is deadly poisonous, while at the same time, the newt releases deadly toxins from its skin. Pairs of Rough-skinned newts in amplexus in the breeding pond.
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A male and a female Rough-skinned newt in their underwater amplexus ballet. Male newts in the breeding pond wrestling over and waiting for females. Solo male newts and males and females in amplexus swim underwater in a breeding pond in Pacific County, Washington in mid February.
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This short video shows several Rough-skinned newts in a Tillamook Co., Oregon coastal lake, 3.5 feet offshore and in 12" deep water feeding on largemouth bass eggs, most less than
1 mm in diameter. Male largemouth bass construct a nest where the female lays her eggs. It is often a circular depression in the substrate or a patch of submerged vegetation. In this case the nest is the patch of moss in which we see the newts, and the eggs are sticking to the strands. © Chris Rombough
Several Rough-skinned newts in Pacific County, Washington, interact with an underwater egg mass that could be from A. gracile - Northwestern Salamander, or possibly a Long-toed Salamander. Some of the newts appear to be trying to bite the eggs as if to eat them, while others seem to just thrash around without taking any bites.  
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