Jealous!! Have you seen tailed frog? I've looked for both of them a bunch around there. Did you hear they just found tailed frog pretty far south in Mendocino county?
That's really cool news. Someone found one on this trip but I didn't see it. Next time!
Looks like a juvenile Pacific Giant Salamander to me. One rear foot with 5 toes is a clue. Torrent salamanders are more slender, more golden in color, have a proportionally longer tail and more bulging eyes than Pacific Giants (Dicamptodon tenebrosus).
This is a metamorphosing larval Rhyacotriton variegatus. Note the dark flecks, yellow-green tone of the body, the diminished gills, the rounded snout with the slightly protuding eyes, and so on.
Dicamptodon larvae are a dusky brown with noticeable mottling and very obvious, reddish gills. The toes are keratinous and the snout spadelike with inset eyes which enables the critters to burrow.
Here is a link for you to see some decent photos: http://www.amphibiainfo.com/gallery/caudata/dicamptodontidae/dicamptodon/tenebrosus/
Yellow venter and googly eyes do it for me.
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