photo fail then he jumped away
Single adult, approximately 27 cm long. Body slim, not too chunky. Upper body color dark brown with copper-colored, irregular network of splotches. Fully eyed and actively moving from lights.
Located approximately 240 m inside entrance of disused tunnel under an abandoned marble quarry in access-controlled private conservation tract near Davenport, CA. Elevation approximately 128 m.
Floor of tunnel has perennial stream with discharge varying from approximately 3 l/sec. autumn low flow to El Nino flood flows of approximately 2700 l/sec.
Salamander was in shallow pool with rotting redwood mine timbers and large volume of iron bacteria mats as well as root mats of douglas fir(?) growing down through soil-clogged solution passages approximately 20-30 m below quarry floor. Temperature approximately 13.3°C.
Mottled brown and tan, 4 inches long, found in puddle in dry stream bed in redwood forest. Still has external gills.
About 7 cm long
They were in small pools in a dried up river.
Photo taken by Sharon Dankworth
This specimen was in the coastal hills of San Mateo County. It was approximately 200 mm (8") long.
HUGE metamorphosed Dicamptodon found under a coverboard by research interns Adrienne and Mikayla !
Found in Muir Woods National Monument on one of the Red Wood trees.
Larva of California Giant Salamander, in shallow water along streamside border of Redwood Creek. Individual was sitting on plant/woody debris underwater; moved to rocky area when disturbed.
California giant salamander wedged into crack next to pipe in springbox. Copper-pink color with large darker splotches. Tail was 5" long and flattened.
Transformed Adult and Larva.
Two Giant salamanders observed in a culvert outlet on the North East side of Bunker Rd.
Caught while electro fishing Grape creek, tributary to Dry Creek of Russian River