A California newt (Taricha torosa), photographed in Napa Co., CA. You can tell that this individual is a male by the smooth skin, swollen cloaca, and enlarged hind limbs.

A California Newt seen moving across a muddy road one rainy night.

A male California Newt observed on the edge of the pond in the peak of the breeding season. Most of the time that I observe male newts, they are either on the way to the ponds, or in the ponds seeking females. This male was just sitting on the edge of the pond, almost as if he was waiting and watching for females to arrive.

A face-on view of the same individual from above. The pond is behind him as he appears to wait.

All text and photographs Michael F. Benard
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