The long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum) is yellow listed (not at risk) in British Columbia. Named for the long fourth toe on their hind legs, when threatened, this salamander secretes a distasteful poison from granular glands on its back and tail.
North America: range extends from south-eastern Alaska southward to Tuolumne County, California, east to Rocky Mountains (east to east-central British Columbia, west-central Alberta, western Montana, and central Idaho).
BC: throughout the province as far north as the Peace River; does not occur on the northern end of Vancouver Island or the Queen Charlotte Islands
Columbia Basin: throughout
Small lakes, upland, wetland, riparian, dry land
Found in a wide variety of habitats, from semi-arid sagebrush deserts to sub-alpine meadows, including dry woodlands, humid forests, and rocky shores of mountain lakes.
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For more information on this species, visit: The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer and enter "long-toed salamander" in the species Name field.