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Old 12th January 2010   #1
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Post Greetings to all from Vancouver, WA, USA!

Hi everyone - my interest in amphibians really increased when my 11 yr old son brought home a newt from camping. At the time we all thought it was a salamander - some research last night showed me that it is actually a Rough Skinned Newt - "Taricha granulosa" to be exact. I have been fascinated with the opportunity to watch this little guy up close. Sure they're not super active compared to some other pets, but they're so intricately designed and unique - I just love it! We recently got another one just like him from a neighbor who wasn't able to care for theirs (originally from the same camping area, though). I also just found out last night that we have violated a Washington State law by doing this.

They continue to be a joy to watch and care for, both for myself and our 5 children; we have all learned a lot about amphibians recently. Thanks for reading my introduction!



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Old 12th January 2010   #2
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Default Re: Greetings to all from Vancouver, WA, USA!

Hello and welcome to the forum. I would check into the laws about keeping the newts, if someone found out and reported it you could face large fines for each animal and a possible prison sentence. I've known a couple who actually was merely telling a friend about an animal they had in public and their conversation was overheard and was reported that way. The person wrote down their license plate number as they left a restaurant, and they got into trouble.

Be careful.



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Old 15th January 2010   #3
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Welcome, but be careful!



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Old 20th January 2010   #4
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Default Re: Greetings to all from Vancouver, WA, USA!

I used to bring those home all the time as a kid. My grandma lived on Mason Lake down there and I would dive and get tons of those! they are very cute. BUT BE CAREFUL!!! THEY ARE VERY POISONOUS! I was lucky as a kid, I held them (and even have a pic kissing one), but they emit a poison when threatened. Just watch your son when he touches it, and WASH HANDS after!!!



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