Throughout coastal California into northern Baja peninsula. Also found along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Diurnal species that prefers dense vegetation surrounding lakes, ponds, irrigation ditches, or slow-moving streams.
Ranges in size from 1.7-5.5 inches in body length. Usually colored some shade of greenish or reddish brown on the back, with lighter sides and a pale underbelly. Additional markings include dark grey spots on the back, and bands on the rear legs. The spots are more prominent in juveniles. Dorsolateral skin folds running from behind each eye to the hip are distinctive of this species.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians