Water Terrapin The Water Terrapin was first noted by Lewis and Clark on June 25, 1805, in Cascade County, Montana.
The Soft-shelled Turtle is found in nearly every type of waterway in America, Asia, and in parts of Africa. Unlike other turtles, their "shell" is a leather skin that covers their almost circular backs instead of horned, hard plates. Soft-shelled turtles aren't the prettiest turtles. They have a snout similar to a pig's snout, and their jaws are covered by soft, fleshy lips. These turtles aren't very active and spend a lot of time underwater, sticking their snouts just above the waterline. Soft-shelled Turtle
California Newt
The California Newt is a relatively large salamander ranging from 5 to 8 inches long. Their skin contains poisonous glands that secrete toxins. Ingestion can cause paralysis or even death to its predators. The California Newt is found in the coastal mountain ranges from San Diego to Mendocino County. They can also be found along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. They eat various types of insects, earthworms, snails, slugs, and sowbugs.
The Pigmy Horned Toad has a flattened, squat body with many spikes and horns on its head. They are found in open pine forests, pinion-juniper forests, shortgrass prairies, and sagebrush desert. Wherever they may be, there is always some loose soil that allows them to shuffle under the surface. Pigmy Horned Toads like to eat ants and other insects, spiders, snails, and sowbugs.
Pigmy Horned Toad
Western Toad The Western Toad (Columbian Toad) was first noted by Lewis and Clark in May 1806, at Camp Chopunnish, Idaho County, Idaho. It can be found living near springs, streams, meadows, and woodlands, in burrows that it has made or those of small rodents. The Western Toad ranges from southeastern Alaska south through the Rocky Mountains to central Colorado, and south into northern California in the West.
The Pacific Treefrog is only about 1.25 to 1.5 inches long, and varies in color from pale gray to bronze to bright emerald green. They can change in color quickly from light to dark. They can also "throw" their voices making it difficult to close in on a frog by following its call. Pacific Treefrogs are found along the west coast of the United States south as far as Mexico, but are not found east of the Rocky Mountains.
Pacific Treefrog