Even for a newt, the Rough-skinned Newt has very
skin. Generally it is light brown to black on top with a yellow or
Adults can grow to over 20 cm in total length.
There are no other newts in British Columbia to confuse this
The Rough-skinned newt is limited to the Pacific coast of
as far north as southern Alaska. To the south it occurs along the
northern California. The Rough-skinned Newt has the distinction of
farther north than any other salamander in North America.
The preferred habitat of the Rough-skinned Newt is ponds,
lakes and slow-
moving streams. Terrestrial efts can be found in the adjacent
Breeding generally occurs in the spring. Newts are known for
elaborate courtship displays. The female lays her eggs one at a
submerged plants. Within one to two months the eggs hatch and the
transform into efts late in the summer at roughly 5 cm total
length. Some larvae
may not transform until the following summer, when they may be over
7 cm long.
Terrestrial efts can be found wandering about on cool, humid
search of food. Newts eat a variety of insects and other
contain toxins in their skin which are lethal to most predators
Snakes. When threatened by a predator they assume a posture which
bright colour of the underside. This presumably warns the predator
that they are
There is no evidence of a decline in Roughskin Newts.