Seven subspecies range throughout the Pacific coast, from southwestern British Columbia down to northwestern Baja Peninsula.
This species inhabits chaparral, oak woodlands, coniferous forests, or mixed grasslands. It is terrestrial and prefers moist, shady areas with lots of coarse woody debris in which to hide. Often found under rocks, logs, or pieces of fallen bark.
A salamander that reaches 3-5 inches in total length and is characterized by its tail which is more narrow at the base than the rest of the tail. They have long skinny legs and large bulging eyes. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, depending on subspecies. They have 5 toes on the hind feet and 4 on the front feet.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians