Family: Dicamptodontidae, Giant Salamanders view all from this family
Description Brown-reddish brown and brown/golden blotches or mottling. 12-13 coastal grooves. Smooth skinned. Tail is 40% of body size. Broad head with a shovel-like snout.
Dimensions 18-30cm. (7-11 3/4")
Habitat Temperate forests, rivers, fresh water lakes and marshes.
Range Endemic to Northern California. 2 or 3 isolated regions - From Sonoma and Marin counties to Lake County and the San Francisco Bay to San Mateo County.
Discussion Some Larva grow into adulthood without losing their gills, a process called neoteny. These adults are a uniform brown color. One of the few species capable of vocalising.