Introduction

Ambystoma - derived from the Greek words amblys; blunt and stoma; mouth

gracile - from the Latin gracilis, meaning slender or delicate

The salamander that thinks it's a toad!

The northwestern salamander is also known as the brown salamander because of its chocolate brown colouration. This is the only salamander in Canada which possesses poisonous parotid glands, like those of toads. Two subspecies of the northwestern salamander exist in British Columbia, although the morphological differences between them are slight.