Olympic Torrent Salamander


Common name : Cascade salamander

Scientific name : Rhyacotriton olympicus

Family : Rhyacotritonidae

Native to : United States

Interesting fact : When disturbed, the salamander will roll over and expose its bright yellow belly to startle its predators.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

Olympic torrent salamanders have distinct bright yellow bellies. These small 10 cm salamanders are dark brown and shiny with large eyes and short snouts. They can be found near mountainous streams and waterfalls and eat a diet made of springtails, stoneflies and nymphs. They are assumed to live for over 10 years.

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