• Wizard Island

    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

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?

The Clarks Nutcracker is frequently seen around the rim of Crater Lake. It feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of the Whitebark Pine. It gathers the seeds and hides some of them to eat later, helping the tree to disperse its seeds. Forgotten seeds may grow into new Whitebark Pines.