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Rough Skinned Newt

Rough skinned newt is a species of newt found in North America. The species is known for its toxicity as it can secrete potent toxins from its skin.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Caudata
    Family Salamandridae
    Genus Taricha
    Scientific Name Taricha granulosa


    Size 6 to 9 cm (snout to vent length); 11 to 18 cm (total length)
    Color Light brown to olive or brownish-black upper surface with orange to yellow underside including the head, legs, and tail
    Distribution United States and Canada
    Habitat Under rocks or logs in grassland, woodlands and forests; also found in ponds, slow-moving streams, lakes; it occurs at an altitude from sea-level to 2743 m (9000 ft)
    Diet Insects, snails, other amphibians
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter under surface litter, logs and in burrows and cracks
    Predators Common garter snakes
    Breeding Season At higher elevations, breeding occurs during late summer and early fall whereas at lower elevations it occurs during spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Incubation Period 3 to 4 weeks
    Metamorphosis Period 4 to 5 months
    Reproductive Age 4 to 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 12 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on June 14th 2017 by under Newts. Article was last reviewed on 12th June 2017.

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