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Red-bellied Newt (Taricha rivularis)

Created: February 13th, 2021 - 11:09 PM
Last Modified: February 14th, 2021 - 07:19 PM
Entered by: James Maughn
Record 342757
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
Santa Clara County
Time:
2021-02-13 13:30:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
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Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
Mixed forest
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Posted by Elliot Schoenig on Feb 14, 2021 at 08:25 PM

Ah gotcha, still looks like an awesome 3 taricha sp. day! There are a couple iNat pins from on 35, although I think a lot of people mark trailheads they started at which could be what happened there. Couple detailed and legit looking records from the trails that descend off 35 going East real close to the 3 county junction, problem is that the breeding habitat on the ridge itself for other two species is in ponds or pretty marginal looking streams for rivularis. Finding a random adventurous rivularis cruising around 1000 ft up above the breeding creeks and then it descending west into santa cruz is going to mainly involve luck, but I've been paying particular attention to any DOR newts I see in that area just in case!

Posted by James Maughn on Feb 14, 2021 at 07:22 PM

You should do so, Elliot...because someone needs to find one in Santa Cruz County. This one, though, was a typo. Sigh.

Posted by Elliot Schoenig on Feb 14, 2021 at 06:31 PM

Wow sweet find! I've been waiting for someone to get one in Santa Cruz co. after seeing some on iNaturalist from right at the Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo junction. I'm going to have to make an effort to get one from the west side of 35 now too.