Number 11 for the amphibian series goes to a native giant here in the Pacific Northwest. Dicamptodon tenebrosus, also known as the coastal giant salamander is one of the largest salamanders on the west coast. It can reach up to 13 inches! Some of the larval stage of these giants can sexually mature still in that state and forever remain in water. There are 3 other species of giants all similar as well. The California giant, the Idaho giant and the copes salamander. All of which are classified as pacific giant salamanders, and are similar in length. Unlike most salamanders, they can also make a range of vocal sounds and barks, especially when disturbed. Truly a remarkable amphibian and something I don’t see often in the wild.
Have to give a shout and thank you to @tryoncreekwc for all they do in helping these amazing creatures as well as many others by keeping much of their habitat healthy. Also if you’re in the Portland area you must check out Tryon Creek. Such a beautiful place!