Reptiles and Amphibians - native

Northwest Salamander (Ambystoma gracile) on Feb 24, 2009

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Description of specimen

Well, it's a salamander or a newt but I couldn't find any such thing in your lists. It doesn't appear to me to be the rough-skinned newt because its skin is shiny and smooth, and the underside isn't a dramatically different color.


I don't know that this is an invasive species, but I sure couldn't find anything that looked like it, although we see quite a few of them around. I hope you can tell me what it is. THanks!

Feb. 24, 2009, 10:56 a.m.

Hi Cathy, I believe your photo is of a Northwestern Salamander, Ambystoma gracile. Here's a website with additional information:

Thanks for your report!

Lisa DeBruyckere
Feb. 25, 2009, 8 p.m.