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Salamanders and Newts of Alaska

Alaska is home to 2 species of salamanders and 1 newt. They are from two different families. All the salamanders and newts live in the southeastern part of the state.

Ambystomatidae – Mole Salamander family

Northwestern Salamander (Ambystoma gracile)

The NorthWestern Salamander is found in the extreme southeastern parts of Alaska. It is significantly larger than the other salamander and newt of the state, being able to reach 8 inches long.

Long Toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum)

The Long Toed Salamander is found in Southeastern Alaska. It is easily identified by the stripe down its back and its large fourth toe .

Salamandridae

Rough Skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa)

Rough-skinned Newt is found in the southern part of Alaska around the coast. Unlike most salamanders, the newt is active during the day, thanks to its poisons. It is the most poisonous salamanders or newts in the US so don’t eat them.

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