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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


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

featured in ! 100% ! April 20 2009

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  • Rainy
    Rainyover 5 years ago

    Wow! I do not like lizard but this one is lovely!

  • Ruth Vilmi
    Ruth Vilmiover 5 years ago

    Good shot, Vicki. Does this newt attack/bite humans too?

  • Taylor Sawyer
    Taylor Sawyerover 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! You are now invited to enter
    this piece into The Best of Brown!

  • Thanks for the feature Taylor…this looks like a fun group!

    – VickiOBrien

  • shannondonovan
    shannondonovanover 5 years ago


  • Thanks for the feature Shannon!

    – VickiOBrien

  • KreddibleTrout
    KreddibleTroutover 5 years ago

    um… I’m not a mouse nor do I know offhand my mouse/me ratio. 25 000 mice = how many people? How much damage will this do to one human?

  • Nicole I Hamilton
    Nicole I Hamiltonover 5 years ago

    Wow, amazing photo! Thanks for providing all that info on this amazing little creature. Awesome work! :)

  • Thanks for the compliment Nicole!

    – VickiOBrien

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 5 years ago

    Great image,, and science lesson, too…. congrats!!

  • InPort
    InPortover 5 years ago

    G’day Vicki!

    A very well photographed and presented study of this rather toxic li’l fella on his mushroom bed.
    You have chosen a perfect specimen and caught really good eye contact and catchlights.
    Good exposure, focus and depth of field render a clear, sharp image with wonderful natural colour and the composition gives the Newt plenty of room.
    You supporting narrative is very interesting indeed.
    Most enjoyable amphibious viewing.


  • Dennis, thank you so much for your detailed and complimentary critique

    – VickiOBrien

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 5 years ago
    Excellent capture,congratulations on this image being featured in 2 groups,Also ,was an iteresting read and thank you for great info!!


  • Thanks Kevin

    – VickiOBrien

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 5 years ago

    Great shot.
    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you Brandie

    – VickiOBrien

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