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Dicamptodon ensatus
California Giant Salamander
family: Dicamptodontidae

   (6.9 K MP3 file)
Locality
County Sonoma County
State California
Country United States
Date Recorded 2010-02-03
Call Type unknown
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Notes Recorded at 5:10 PM; salamander was approximately three inches in length from snout to vent, and was found under a fallen log in a heavily wooded area approximately 100 yards from a small stream; temperatures mild to cool, winds calm, skies clear; co-recordist Gary Nafis writes that the salamander was held "with my thumb and two fingers grasping the sides of its body, firmly, but without squeezing so hard I was merely pushing air out of its lungs. The salamander squirmed from side to side and opened its mouth slightly. After about 10 seconds it made the sound that you can hear here. This species is capable of making a fairly loud sound, but this one was very quiet..."; Recording gear: Sennheiser MKH-30 and MKH-40 microphones in a stereo MS pattern to a Sound Devices 722 recorder
Recorded By Jeff Rice and Gary Nafis
Source http://www.westernsoundscape.org/
Copyright Audio file copyright 2010, the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library, http://www.westernsoundscape.org/, and Gary Nafis. Use of this audio file is allowed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
Date Entered 2010-03-02

   (12747.3 K MOV file)
Locality
County Santa Cruz
State California
Country United States
Date Recorded 2012-02-11
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Notes This huge adult CA Giant Salamander was observed walking on a dirt trail at 1 PM in Santa Cruz County. You can just barely see the salamander opening its mouth as it produces this first roar. Then we can hear the salamander making some more raspy rattling sounds as it stands in a defensive posture. This video was originally submitted to CaliforniaHerps.com and used with permission of Gary Nafis and the photographer (who wishes to remain anonymous).
Recorded By Gary Nafis
Source
Copyright Gary Nafis
Date Entered 2012-02-14

   (2273.9 K MP3 file)
Locality Mill Valley
County Marin
State California
Country United States
Date Recorded
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Notes This was a large specimen (exact measurements were not taken) found near Cascade Falls, Mill Valley in Marin County California. Audio file is extracted from a video file. The salamander barked and squeaked when I attempted to capture it and also let me know its displeasure by oozing some toxins from its tail.
Recorded By Heidi Rockney
Source
Copyright Heidi Rockney
Date Entered 2018-01-17

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