Rough Skinned Newt


I found this female wandering about on my driveway today so I thought I’d share a few pictures. Thankfully, I found her before our cats did. Female newts have a “distinctive cone shaped vent” when they are breeding according to the Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. This is quite evident in the photo. These newts are fairly aquatic in nature and enjoy long stays underwater as opposed to most salamanders here in the Northwest. We have a couple of ponds around the house so I let this girl go on looking for an appropriate mate.



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