Our Stream is Well and Alive, Big Santa Anita Creek

Posted on October 27, 2012 – Written by Chris Kasten
Coast Range Newt, Fern Lodge, Big Santa Anita Canyon.

“I’m digging this place!  Look at me and you’re looking back, way back.”

This Coast Range Newt (Taricha torosa torosa), also commonly known as a salamander, is loving the moisture from our recent rains this last weekend.  Look for these fascinating creatures along the streams during the wet months of the year, October through April.  Try to keep an eye out while hiking and biking just after storms, since they’ll often be crossing the trails and tend to blend in with the soils around them.