SPECIES ID / Amphibians

Salamanders and Newts (Caudatans)


  • Over 650 species worldwide, but just 10 in British Columbia and 6 in the Fraser Valley
  • Found throughout the temperate northern hemisphere and into South America.

Identification Tips

  • Elongated body with  four legs and a long tail
  • Most have grooves between ribs visible on abdomen
  • Most have smooth, moist skin (newts are an exception)
  • Most have 4 toes on front feet and 5 on back feet

Primary Information Sources:
 Efauna BC: http://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/
 BC Conservation Data Centre: http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/eswp/