• Wizard Island

    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

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  • Vehicle-Free Days on East Rim Drive

    The park will host two vehicle-free days on East Rim Drive, September 20 and 27, 2014. Although East Rim Drive will be closed for these events, all other roads through the park will remain open to vehicular traffic. More »

  • Lost Creek Campground CLOSED Nights of 9/19 and 9/26

    Lost Creek Campground will be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/19 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/20 because of the temporary road closure to vehicles on East Rim Drive. It will also be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/26 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/27.

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect

    To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, restrictions on campfires, smoking, and fireworks are in effect. More »

Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa)

Rough-skinned Newt

A rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) similar to those found in the park.

US Fish & Wildlife Service (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/willapa/wildlife_and_habitat/rough_skinned_newt.html)

  • Biphasic lifestyle: eggs and larvae aquatic; adults “mostly” terrestrial
    • Adults typically occur in forested habitats
    • Some adults remain aquatic
  • Eggs laid singly and are covered by a rubbery capsule
    • Ovum is tan and cream
  • High elevations, larvae spend 1 yr in pond before metamorphosis
    • found in ponds
    • have a balancer organ
    • tall dorsal fin to shoulders
    • eyes at margins of head
  • Larvae return to breeding ponds 4 to 5 yrs later
  • Same as Mazama Newt?

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

William Gladstone Steel worked for 17 years to convince Congress that a national park should be created to protect Crater Lake. He finally succeeded and the park was authorized on May 22, 1902.