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Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

Dicamptodon tenebrsosus - Pacific Giant Salamander
photo by John P. Clare

Common Name: Coastal Giant Salamander
Scientific Name: Dicamptodon tenebrosus
Family: Dicamptodontidae
Location: Canada and United States – Washington, California, and Oregon
Size: 13 inches or 34 mm

The Coastal Giant Salamander is one of the largest terrestrial salamanders in the world. Reaching over a foot long, they are beastly. Besides just being large, the Coastal Giant Salamanders are decent climbers, reaching heights around 8 feet high. They also a burrowers and they can dig 20 feet down. Wow there’s not much these guys can’t do.

They are also furious predators and eat mice, shrews, other amphibians, etc. They won’t try to eat a human but they do have a nasty bite, so watch your hands. The Coastal Giant Salamander will bark or growl at you first if you are pissing it off. It’s one of the handful of salamanders that vocalize.



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