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.
About 7" long.
Under bay, oak and fir, on a steep hillside.
I found 2 Dicamptodon ensatus; one in a wood pile under a log, and one under another small firewood pile.
This guy seems to have a warty condition (or disease) that has been documented from this location and elsewhere in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Found under wood .
2 juvenile terrestrial
Found this Pacific giant salamanders larva at creek access No. 4. It must be about 3-1/2" to 4" long.
Found an Aquatic Garter Snake trying to swallow a California Giant Salamander .