Reptiles and Amphibians - native

Pacific Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus) on Nov 11, 2009

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Description of specimen

This is a foot long fish-lizard looking thing that moved like a snake but looked more like a fish. It was approximately 12 inch long and three inches wide and a gray color.
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Commentary

None of the neighbors in this area has ever seen this thing before.

Reporter
Nov. 11, 2009, 8:18 p.m.

Hi Geoff, thanks for your report. The size, habitat, and photo you provided indicate you discovered a Pacific Giant Salamander. Here's some more information on them:
http://animals.jrank.org/pages/272/Pacific-Giant-Salamanders-Dicamptodontidae-COASTAL-GIANT-SALAMANDER-Dicamptodon-tenebrosus-SPECIES-ACCOUNT.html

They are an incredible species that live near clear cold streams. They are rarely encountered by people - so consider yourself fortunate to have seen this amazing native species!

Thank you for your report.

Lisa DeBruyckere
Nov. 12, 2009, 8:35 a.m.