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Red-bellied Newt (Taricha rivularis)

Created: August 12th, 2017 - 10:22 AM
Last Modified: August 12th, 2017 - 10:22 AM
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Record 285264
Country:
United States
State:
California
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Time:
2017-06-03 00:00:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Both
Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
stream
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Notes

i hope i did this right, but i identified red bellies newts in the streams of Holy Jim Canyon in southern california, which seems to be outside their normal range. i noted their brown/black eyes as opposed to the yellow of california newts. the red bellies newts also had significantly brighter bellies when compared to california newts.

Comments

Posted by Robert and Nicholas Hess on Aug 12, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Interesting, do you have a picture? Some California newts have brighter bellies than others. What you said about the eyes is interesting. It would be very unlikely for a red bellied newt to get to Orange County, but released pets are a possibility. Again adding a picture if you have one would be super helpful. Thanks, Nicholas