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Olympic Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton olympicus)

Olympic Torrent Salamander
photo by John and Karen Hollingsworth

Common Name: Olympic Torrent Salamander
Scientific Name: Rhyacotriton olympicus
Family: Rhyacotritonidae – Torrent Salamander family
Location: United States – Washington
Size: 2.4 inches (6.2 cm)

The Olympic Torrent Salamander is a threatened salamander found only in cold, mountain streams in Washington State. They are listed as Vulnerable to Extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Its small, fragmented habitat is the cause of its threatened status. This habitat is threatened by the logging industry.

The breeding season takes place during the spring and early summer for the species. Males may try a tail wagging display towards the female to attract them. Once the eggs hatch, it may take the larvae up to three years to complete metamorphosis.

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