The amphibian on the left side of the tray is a CA Giant Salamander and it appears that the one in the net is as well.
You are right protecthabitat. Notice the gills coming out from the neck area in the combo picture. Left to right Cal giant Sal larva, Rough-skinned Newt, Foothill Yellow legged frog.
Awesome that 11 of 12 amphibians thought to occur on Pepperwood have now been confirmed. Still missing Black Salamander which probably just plain doesn't occur on the preserve. What do you think? http://www.inaturalist.org/places/5745#taxon=20978
I'm glad you brought up Black salamander. I have talked with two local Herp experts about just this subject. Dave Cook(Sonoma County Water Agency) and Dr Nick Geist (Sonoma State University). On an outing led by Dave Cook me and some friends of mine found a juvenile salamander. Dave Cook photographed it thinking it may be the southern most find of a Black Salamander. I have seen Black's on the Cooley Ranch. I don't know what became of the photo's or if confirmation of Black Salamander was made? The Pepperwood Preserve may be to far South?
Interesting - would be great to track down that photo - 3 Aneides are all that are missing from the Sonoma County amphibian list.
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