Endemic to west-central California in many isolated patches of area.
Adults live mostly underground in burrows dug by other animals. They rely on large vernal pools for reproduction, so are only found near these bodies of water. When not breeding, they will travel further away from these pools and can be found at elevations up to 3,200 feet.
Chocolate brown body with light yellow or cream spots of variable size. Grows to a length of 7-8 inches. Snout is very round with bulging eyes situated on top of the head. Tail is often compressed from the sides, retaining its larval fin-like shape.
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