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 .
Found this Pacific Giant Salamander near access 4. This was on a Juniper hiking day.
The second photo is the record photo. The first I'm only including because I'd rather my lifelist on iNat not show a depressing mangled corpse.
The mole salamanders (genus Ambystoma) are a group of salamanders endemic to North America, the only genus in the family Ambystomatidae. The group has become famous due to the presence of the axolotl (A. mexicanum), widely used in research, and the tiger salamander (A. tigrinum, A. mavortium) which is the official amphibian of many states, and often sold as a pet.