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 .
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.