Rough-skinned Newt

Taricha granulosa granulosa

This is a large salamander that is warty, not slimy. It is light brown to black and has a yellow to orange belly. Be careful handling this critter - it is poisonous! Hidden beneath its bumpy skin are hundreds of glands that produce a powerful toxin, tetrodotoxin (TTX). This is one of the most potent toxins known to science, being 10 times more lethal than black widow spider venom and 10,000 times deadlier than cyanide. TTX is only dangerous if you ingest it, but just in case, remember to wash your hands after touching this newt.