Rough skinned newt

Rough-skinned newts are plentiful in the pond.

Rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa)

  • Can be yellow or tan, but usually dark brown or black
  • Underside is yellow, orange or red
  • Dry, granular skin
  • Rough-skinned Newt will display bright colored underside when threatened
  • They are Washington state‚Äôs 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 silver
  • 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 season is December through July
  • Lays one egg at a time attached to underwater debris
  • Sometimes migrate long distances to breeding ponds

The Common Gartersnake is the only animal known to be capable of harboring resistance to tetrodotoxin (TTX), a potent neurotoxin produced by the rough skinned newt and Japanese pufferfish.