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Northwest Salamander

Ambystoma gracile


The northwestern salamander (Ambystoma gracile) inhabits the northwest Pacific Coast of North America. These fairly large salamanders grow to 8.7 in (220 mm) in length. It is found from southeastern Alaska on May Island, through Washington and Oregon south to the mouth of the Gulala River, Sonoma County, California. It occurs from sea level to the timberline, but not east of the Cascade Divide.


Terrestrial adults live in mesic habitats ranging from grasslands to mesophytic forests. Terrestrial adults are mostly fossorial, and are usually active on the surface only during fall rains and spring migrations to their aquatic breeding sites. However, they can sometimes be found under logs and other surface debris outside of the breeding season.


Found this after dark, right below the gutter downspout in one of the flower beds. Thee was a Black and Orange caterpillar about a foot away from it crawling on a brick.

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Oregon, USA

Lat: 44.72, Long: -123.91

Spotted on Oct 26, 2013
Submitted on Oct 26, 2013

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