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.
can't find my field guide, has the body shape and shape of markings, and size for a tiger salamander, but I'll admit I don't know if it needs to have yellow...looking online now, it looks like a giant california salamander. thoughts? How small are its eggs? we moved a board and found it, and also some eggs, that seemed too small (like 1 mm diameter) but maybe not, maybe I shold move them to under the new board location?
Hiding in a drainage full of Carex pendula