AMPHIBIAN TUESDAY # 88
We’re celebrating amphibians today! Our adventures are taking us the northwestern corner of the United States to find a salamander! You know we love our amphibian friends! Grab your gear and your wellies and let’s head out!
MEET THE PACIFIC GIANT SALAMANDER!
Range/Habitat: Northwestern U.S.A.-South west Canada
Diet: Carnivore: invertebrates and small aquatic vertebrates
Length: 6 ½-13”
Conservation Status: unconfirmed
- Giant Pacific Salamanders are nocturnal.
- They are usually found by streams.
- Giant pacific salamanders excrete mucus from their tail when threatened.
- Giant pacific salamanders stay in their juvenile aquatic stage their whole life.
- They either become terrestrial or they stay aquatic with gills.
- Giant pacific salamanders are the largest terrestrial salamander in the world.
These gorgeous salamanders can be over a foot long. How weird is that some of these salamanders stay in their aquatic stage their whole lives?