Taricha - from the Greek taricaos meaning mummy or something preserved
granulosa - from the Latin granulus meaning a small grain and osus for full, in reference to the
highly glandular skin of the terrestrial form
The newts (family Salamandridae) of the genus Taricha are known as Pacific newts. As their common name implies, these newts have rough glandular skin and are distinguished from other salamanders by their lack of costal grooves and distinct tooth pattern. The most poisonous newt in North America, the skin secretions and body of this newt can cause death in most vertebrates, including humans if eaten in a high enough quantity.