Egg sac found in Laurel Canyon Creek
Found in a pool with 5 more and was mating before caught
Adult; Brown, rough dorsal surface of body and smooth, bright orange ventral surface of body; Found underwater in small stream, half hidden under rocks.
Was the first to find this newt but had difficulty uploading observation to iNaturalist.
Several individuals found in concrete pond and nearby creek
Eggs were seen attached to sticks at the bottom of a pond. Adults were seen holding on the long grass rising from the bottom of the pond.
While hiking on the Santa Monica Mountain, the group came across a small "waterfall" that flows right beneath a small bridge marking what seemed to be the midpoint of the hike. Seeing as there wasn't much rain this past winter the "waterfall" was more like droplets of water that fell upon the creek that also resembled scattered puddles. In the creek we saw a groups of California Newts squirming around. One of the newts we observed in particular was approximately 5-6in in length. It was very small and had the infamous orange/yellow underbelly.
The California newt or orange-bellied newt, with scientific name Taricha torosa, is a newt found mainly in California, Western North America.