The Garden is home to two newt species, Taricha torosa (California newt) and Taricha granulosa (rough-skin newt). The winter rains prompt the newts to migrate to the Garden's Japanese Pool where their mating rituals and general cavorting can be easily observed by visitors. The Garden is offering several opportunities to get up close and personal with newts this March including a podcast with Garden Director Paul Licht.
by Garden Director Paul Licht
Paul Licht began his career as a zoology professor at UC Berkeley. When presenting him with the Berkeley Citation,
his colleagues noted "his research into the factors that determine sexual differentiation, sexual maturation and
reproductive physiology in a wide variety of species-including amphibians, reptiles and mammals-has resulted
in more than 300 publications and has made him one of most respected comparative endocrinologists in the world."
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