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Olympic Torrent Cascade Salamander (Rhyacotriton olympicus)

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vulnerable
Common Name: Olympic Torrent Cascade Salamander
Scientific Name: Rhyacotriton olympicus
Family: Rhyacotritonidae
Location: United States – Washington
Size: 2.4 inches or 6.2 cm

The Olympic Torrent Cascade Salamander is a threatened salamander found only in Washington State. Its small, fragmented habitat is the cause of its threatened status. Breeding 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 larva up to three years to complete metamorphosis.

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