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Amphibians

American Bullfrog

INVASIVE! Lithobates catesbeianus (formerly Rana catesbeiana) is native to eastern North America and introduced to our area. These frogs breed in permanent ponds and lakes with abundant aquatic vegetation. They are seldom found away from water courses. They are robust and very large, up to about

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Bronze Frog

INVASIVE! Lithobates clamitans (formerly Green Frog, Rana clamitans) is native to eastern North America and introduced to our area. These frogs breed in ditches, ponds, and marshes with permanent water and abundant aquatic vegetation. They are usually found close to water but may forage in fields

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Northern Red-legged Frog

Rana aurora, breeds in marshes, ponds, lakes, and slow-moving sections of streams. While vocal during the breeding season, these frogs are seldom heard, as males usually call while submerged under water. When not breeding, they can be found on the forest floor, often along stream banks or

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Northern Pacific Treefrog

Northern Pacific Treefrog, Pseudacris regilla Northern Pacific Treefrog, Pseudacris regilla, (formerly Pacific Treefrog, Hyla regilla) breeds in a variety of temporary and permanent ponds and wetlands with emergent vegetation. It is the frog most often heard in our area in the spring, as males loudly announce their

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Western Toad

Western Toad, Anaxyrus boreas Western Toad, Anaxyrus (formerly Bufo) boreas, breeds in ponds, slow portions of streams, and shallow edges of lakes with sandy bottoms. When not breeding, the toads occur in wetlands, meadows, or forest, where they shelter under decaying logs, in rodent burrows, or within

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Rough-skinned Newt

Taricha granulosa, can be found in and around ditches, ponds and wetlands during the breeding season and in the forest, often far from water, when not breeding. This semi-aquatic salamander is medium-sized with total length up to about 185 mm. The back is solid brown, and the

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Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Salamander, Ambystoma gracile Northwestern Salamander, Ambystoma gracile, can be found in and around ponds and wetlands and in the surrounding forest. It is secretive and shelters under decaying logs or in piles of sloughed-off bark, rodent burrows, or other moist hollows or crevices on the forest

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Long-toed Salamander

Long-toed Salamander, Ambystoma macrodactylum Long-toed Salamander, Ambystoma macrodactylum, can be found in and around ponds and wetlands and the surrounding forest. It is secretive and shelters under decaying logs or in piles of sloughed-off bark, rodent burrows, or other moist hollows or crevices on the forest floor.

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Ensatina

Ensatina, Ensatina eschscholtzii Ensatina, Ensatina eschscholtzii, spends its entire life, from egg to adult, on the forest floor, where it shelters under or within decaying logs, stumps, or piles of sloughed-off bark, or other coarse woody debris or in rodent burrows or other moist crevices. It is

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Wandering Salamander

Wandering Salamander, Aneides vagrans Wandering Salamander, Aneides vagrans, is usually found under loose bark or cracks in fallen logs on the forest floor, but in some areas it shelters under beach logs or in burrows of other animals. It is a nimble climber and in moist forests

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