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Cope’s Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon copei)

photo by Brad M. Glorioso


Common Name: Cope’s Giant Salamander
Scientific Name: Dicamptodon copei
Family: Dicamptodontidae
Location: United States – Oregon and Washington
Size: 8 inches / 20.5 cm total length

The Cope’s Giant Salamander is a large salamander found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is usually aquatic as they often never go through metamorphosis. Mating and courtship of the salamander has never been seen but its believed to be similar to the other Giant Pacific Salamanders. Females do protect their nest of eggs from predators and can be very aggressive.


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