Rough-Skinned 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

History at CuriOdyssey

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

Fun Facts about Newts

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).

What do Newts eat?

In the wild, Newts mostly eat insects, worms, and other invertebrates, salamander and frog eggs/larvae. At CuriOdyssey, they are served crickets, blood worms, and wax worms.

How long do Newts live?

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

Where do Newts live?

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. Their range extends in western California coast from Santa Cruz County up through Oregon, Washington, British Colombia, and up to Alaska

Are Rough-Skinned Newts endangered?

There is no special listing for rough-skinned newts.

Adopt me!

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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San Mateo, CA 94401

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