These little guys were out in abundance. They love the wet weather and are always a pleasure to see. It makes me wonder where they hide out during all the dry months throughout the year.
They are very slow moving, sluggish you could say. I am always afraid of stepping on one for they blend in very well. Usually it is their movement that saves me from ruining their day and mine too for that matter. I'd be very upset and sad if I stepped on one.
You'd think they would be easy prey but they have nothing to worry about. Their skin exudes a neurotoxin 100 times more toxic than cyanide which keeps them safe from being eaten. Eat one and you die as did an Oregon man who swallowed a rough-skinned newt (a cousin to the California newt) on a dare and died in July 1981. He probably earned a Darwin Award for that stunt.
The video is short for I felt I was stressing the little guy out by being so close.