Western coast of United States and Canada and some nearby islands; southward from southwestern British Columbia and Vancouver Island to northwestern California. Also found on Chichagof Island, Graham Island, and Queen Charlotte Islands.
Stays near quiet bodies of water including marshes, pools, streams, and ponds. Habitat can range from meadows to woods. Shelters in rodent burrows and under leaves. Usually will breed in permanent water sources.
Exhibits a gray, brown, olive, or reddish dorsum and dark blotches. White stripe runs along jaw; dark coloring behind eyes. Abdomen appears reddish and so do backs of limbs. Dorsolateral folds are prominent. Snout-vent length can range from 4 to 13 cm. Tadpoles exhibit brownish coloring and irregular blotches of gold.
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