Long Toed Salamander by Dick Cannings
Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance Long Toed Salamander by Dick Cannings long_tailed_salamander
Did you know that the Okanagan is home to several endangered frogs and salamanders? Because there is less natural habitat available to them, amphibians are living in and around developed landscapes such as golf courses, private homes and public parks. Amphibians can live and breed in urban and rural environments if their habitat is maintained and protected, and we can enjoy the occasional sighting and serenade of male frogs and spadefoot.

Spotlight on Okanagan Amphibians at Risk
Frogs and salamanders serve as indicators of the environmental health of both natural and man-made water features on your properties and the surrounding habitats. The major threats to amphibians in the Okanagan are habitat loss and degradation, introduction of non-native species such as carp and bull frog, and environmental contaminants. The permeable skin and shell-less eggs of amphibians are sensitive to environmental contaminants such as herbicides and nutrients commonly used in landscape management.