John's Nature Pictures

Sierra California Newt

Here's another neat little critter. This is the California Newt version found up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These salamanders are always found near water, in this case, near the Merced River. When they leave the water for a while to mate, their skin dries up and those little bumps form. Normally their skin is smooth. They are well-protected from most native predators with poisons throughout their bodies, and most notably in skin secretions. Can be fatal to humans if eaten.

Picture #293 -  copyright © 1995 by John Sherman


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