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The adult California giant salamander can reach 17–30.5 cm (6.7–12 inches) in total length. Like all salamanders, the California giant salamander has four toes on the front feet and five toes on the back feet. The California giant salamander's tail is approximately 40% of the total length of the salamander and is laterally compressed. The head, back, and sides of the salamander have a marbled or reticulate pattern of dark blotches on a light brown or brassy-colored background. They have a broad head with a shovel-like snout and a fold of skin across the throat called the gular fold. The eyes are medium in size and have a brass-flecked iris and a large black pupil. This species is one of the few salamanders capable of vocalizing.
Occidental, Ca. My tracker buddy spotted this beauty laying completely still on the ground and continued to do so for the entire photo shoot, about 15 mins. He was amazing to look at! I can't remember ever seeing a salamander this big, it blew my mind because i had no idea they got this big in North America. The blade of my knife is 7 inches, so if he was stretched out all the way i think he would be about 9 inches long total. And it's not just the length that's impressive, to me, it's also the girth of the salamander. The tail looks like it got chewed on a little bit. Hopefully I'll see one again :)