Rough-skinned newts on the farm

We’ve seen several rough-skinned newts (Taricha granulosa) wandering across the fields and gravel at the farm, but it was a surprise to see dozens in the lower pond!

The rough-skinned newt produces a powerful neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin. Skin irritation may result from handling this animal.  Because of the toxicity of tetrodotoxin, we suggest leaving this newt alone.

The California Herps website has many superb photographs that show the distinctive physical characteristics of this western North America newt.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources website provides good information about this creature.