Rough-Skinned Newt

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California Newt

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.