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Dicamptodontidae – Pacific Giant Salamanders

Genera:1 – Dicamptodon
Number of Species: 4 – Idaho Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon aterrimus), Cope’s Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon copei),
California Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus), and Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

Dicamptodontidae is nicknamed the Pacific Giant Salamanders after the fact that they are sorta large but not as big as the members of the family Cryptobranchidae such as the Hellbender or the Chinese Giant Salamander. They are the largest terrestrial salamanders though as the Coastal Giant Salamander reaches a foot long. They are found on the Pacific Coast of North America from California up to Canada.


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