This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
These newts were collected by a licensed individual and later donated to our facility in 1993.
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).
Diet in the Wild
Mostly insects, worms, and other invertebrates, salamander and frog eggs/larvae
Diet at the Museum
Crickets, bloodworms, and waxworms
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
There is no special listing for rough-skinned newts.
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.