Taricha granulosa

Identification Tips:

• Unmistakable colouration: cholcolate brown back with bright orange belly
• Skin is rough. except in breeding males
• No webbing between toes
• 120-185 mm long

Conservation Status:

British ColumbiaCanadaNatureserve
COSEWICSpecies at Risk Act
Not at Risk (Yellow List)Not AssessedNoneG5, S4S5

Life History:

• Secrete a highly poisonous toxin from their skin when threatened
• Only predator is the Common Gartersnake which has evolved a resistance to the toxin
• Feed on a variety of invertebrates
• Breed in early spring in Fraser Valley, in fall or winter at higher elevations
• Courtship ritual is elaborate and may take several days to complete
• Single eggs are attached to vegetation or underside of rocks
• Larvae metamorphose in late summer in Fraser Valley
• Primarily terrestrial, but some populations retain larval gills and remain aquatic throughout their lives


• Most abundant in older mixed forests near permanent wetlands
• Occur from sea level to over 3000 m elevation
• Breed in shallow wetlands and slow moving streams


British Columbia
• Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands
• Entire Mainland coast north to Skeena River, extending far inland in major river valleys

• West of Coast and Cascade Mountains from Anchorage Alaska to San Fransisco, California
Isolated population in Idaho

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