Tumble Lake often hosts an armada of swimming salamanders in the late summer. So fun to swim underneath one and open your eyes to watch it!
That's no salamander... It's a rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa). Look for the bright yellow underbely advertising that they're poisonous --- they produce an extremely potent neurotoxin (tetrodotoxin) to discourage predation. They are plentiful in the area and can be seen swimming around many of the local lakes.
Right you are, thanks! (I changed my photo title from "salamander" to "newt".)
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Photo taken in Marion County, OR, USA
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