Larval California Giant Salamander hidden among the aquatic rocks in Armstrong Woods State Reserve. It was found by scanning all of the crevices in the rocks in a clear, shallow pool with my binoculars. This photo was taken from closer to the creek as the salamander slowly moved out of its retreat.
Just saw this one (but only searched briefly), which was about 2.5" snout to vent. Creek not flowing, but is pooling, then disappearing underground sporadically.
Larva in flowing creek, 2.5" snout to vent (with some tail missing). Only one seen today.
About 7" crossing the trail in medicine Buddha
Largest of 4 larvae observed. 3" snout to vent, (about 5" total length). Was located upstream from others. Creek running well here.
This larva was missing much of it's tail. About 2" snout to vent. Upstream from 2 smaller larvae. In calm side pool. Creek running well here.
2 small larvae near each other in creek. Both 1" long, snout to vent. Creek begins going underground, intermittently, just downstream from them.
Two adults about 16 cm and 12 cm in length.
California Giant Salamander nymph in San Vicente Creek. 3/28/15
This giant salamander is in the nymph stage
I know, terrible pics (fast water & reflections were challenging). But wanted to document these 2 larvae - 3" & 2", head to tail, respectively. Creek flowing, pooling & going underground sporadically.
4 larvae (all pictured) in pooled areas of creek, along about a 1/4 mile stretch. Sizes from 3.5" to 5" long, nose to tail. Creek is flowing well.
Two larvae (last photo is 2nd one). 2" and 1.5" respectively, nose to tail. In quiet side pools, but creek is flowing.
As I crossed a bridge over the creek (pooled here, not flowing), I spotted this larval salamander in the water below. About 2" long.
Hiding in a drainage full of Carex pendula
About 7" long.