Amphibians have smooth and moist skin with many glands. They breathe using gills, lungs, through their skin and throat, separately or together. Their eggs have a jelly-like covering, but no shell. Six species of salamanders and newts, and five species of toads and frogs may be found in the Dungeness watershed.
Salamanders live their early lives in water and their adulthood on land. Others, such as lungless salamanders, live only on land. Newts start out in the water, then spend several years on land before returning to the water for their adulthood.
Body covered by horny epidermal scales; respiration by lungs; amniotic eggs covered with leathery shells. The reptiles in our area consist of only lizards and snakes. If you see a wild turtle on the Olympic Peninsula, please let us know.
Northwestern Garter Snake
Scientific Name: Thamnophis ordinoides. These snakes have the most variable scales and color of any garter snake. They usually have 7 upper scales per side and 8 lower scales per side of the mouth. A well-defined vertebral stripe is usually present, but may be faint, broken or absent. Its color may be red, orange, yellow, white or blue. They are relatively small garter snakes, usually less than 2 feet. Head size is small.