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California Newt


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Taricha granulosa


These newts were collected by a licensed individual and later donated to our facility in 1993.

Fun Facts

The newts have rough, granulated brown skin on top, with an orange belly that serves as a warning that they are poisonous (they are only poisonous if eaten; they cannot poison people through skin contact).

Birth Date


Diet in the Wild

Mostly insects, worms, and other invertebrates, salamander and frog eggs/larvae

Diet at the Museum

Crickets, bloodworms, and waxworms

Life Span

In the Wild: up to 18 years has been recorded
In Captivity: over 19 years


Coniferous forests, grasslands, and woodlands near the breeding habitat, up to 2800 m (9200 ft); breeding habitats are ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams/creeks


Western California coast from Santa Cruz County up through Oregon, Washington, British Colombia, and up to Alaska

Conservation Status

There is no special listing for rough-skinned newts.

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Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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