the one in the duff was seen on the upper portion of the tucker trail.
"I was hiking north of Covina, CA up by Big Dalton Canyon on the Mystic Canyon Trail, and came across this newt just before dark. It was close to 5:30pm and we were heading back to the car when it just happened to cross the path in front of us. The location has a creek, but this year the water level has been lower than usual. We left him where we found him, near some tall grass and a fallen tree stump along the creek."
- Cerese M.
Observation and photo by Cerese M., sent to email@example.com
Several of these observed crawling through leaf litter, seemingly headed towards a nearby creek.
California newt in Briones regional park, California
The California newt or orange-bellied newt, with scientific name Taricha torosa, is a newt found mainly in California, Western North America.