The requirements for the salamander's habitat are: a pond with aquatic plant life and with abundant vegetation. The salamander can be found in the Monterey and Santa Cruz counties in California where it has several different populations.
This subspecies has a thick body and measures about 3 inches (7.6cm). It possesses a broad head and a blunt snout. It is usually dark colored with light spots. As its name suggests, the toes of this salamander are long and slim.
The amphibian feeds on insect larvae, eggs, vegetation, and insects.
The salamanders arrive at their breeding sites in November and breeds during January and February.
The salamander was discovered in 1954 and its decline is caused mainly by the loss of its habitat. Artificial ponds have been constructed to preserve the surviving populations. Unless the habitats of these amphibians are protected, these salamanders may not survive for very long.