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Common Ensatina Salamander

The Common Ensatina Salamander lives its whole life on the Pacific Northwest’s rain forest floor, where it spends its time in decaying logs, rotten stumps, woody debris, downed logs, and bark piles at the base of snags and is sometimes in woodpiles in peoples’ yards west of the Cascades. Inhabits moist shaded evergreen and deciduous forests. They are also found in Oak forests. Read More….


Long Toed Salamander

This semi-aquatic salamander is a medium-sized amphibian with a total length that can reach up to about 16.5 cm. A broad yellow stripe runs down from the neck to the tail tip where it often turns into blotches. The sides are black or dark grey with light flecking. The tail is keeled rather than round in cross-section. The common name of the species is derived from having a long fourth toe on each hindfoot. Read More….



Rough Skinned Newt

Newts are quite poisonous and are thus avoided by most predators. This is why these salamanders are able to venture out during the day. Many dead birds and fish have been found with Rough Skin Newts in their stomachs, suggesting that eating a newt is a mistake these predators only make once. The Common Garter Snake, however, is apparently unaffected by the newt’s poison and is one of its major predators. Read More….


Wandering Salamander

The Wandering Salamander was originally only found in California, but now can be found on Vancouver Island.  They are not found in between these two locations. It seems that Vancouver Island gardeners who had purchased red bark that was packaged in California would unknowingly release these salamanders on Vancouver Island.  The name sure fits these little ones. Read More….


Western Redback Salamander

Western Red Back Salamanders are the most common salamander you will see in our forests. They are easy to recognize, with their black bodies and bright stripe down the middle of their backs. They can also have a yellow stripe, or even black with no stripe but usually, they have the stripe. Their bellies are always black and white. Read More….


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