newts

California Newt

Easy, tiger! A California newt in a defensive posture. Photo by Gary Nafis.

California’s state mammal can knock you on your fanny and its flower glows a vibrant orange. Taricha torosa, the unofficial state amphibian, does both, with poisonous skin as lethal as a grizzly bear’s strike and a belly as colorful as a poppy's petals.

Kickstarter Project to Fund Newt Film

California newt spawning ball

Charismatic megafauna? Whatever. Filmmaker Lance Milbrand has other ideas.