Water Terrapin was first noted by Lewis and Clark on June 25, 1805,
in Cascade County, Montana.
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
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,
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.
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.
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