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poisonous and protected...rough skinned newt

VickiOBrien

Joined July 2008

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*Rough-skinned Newts have relatively grainy and dry skin

compared to other salamanders (leading to their name)and

are protected under the British Columbia Wildlife Act.

They are dark brown to grey on top and, unlike any other

salamander in B.C., they are bright yellow or orange

below. This colour serves as a warning to would-be

predators. When disturbed, the newt will curve its head,

neck and tail upwards to display this bright colouring.

The Rough-Skinned Newt is the most poisonous amphibian

in the Pacific Northwest ,and is therefore avoided by most

predators. Each one contains enough poison to kill

25,000 mice! These newts can be active both day and night

because their toxic skin reduces the risk of predation,

and unlike other salamander species they will venture

out during the day.

This one…catching a little morning sun on the edge of the forest, tanning on a
mushroom.*

featured in Color Me a Rainbow (Brown) April 16 2009

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