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Develop With Care - Pacific Giant Salamander

The Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) earns its name through its stout body, wide wedge-shaped head, and fleshy legs. Adults can reach totallengths of up to 30–35 cm! Like many other amphibians,the skin of Coastal Giant Salamanders is sensitive topollution, ultra-violet radiation and drought. They are found mainly in the Chilliwack River valley andadjacent smaller watersheds. Their nests are water-filled chambers under rocks, logs, or other cover-objects eitherwithin the stream or along its immediate shoreline.

Develop With Care Factsheet # 19 Pacific Giant Giant Salamander

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