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Crypt068A Giant Salamander by DinoHunter2 Crypt068A Giant Salamander by DinoHunter2
The Trinity Alps Salamander is supposedly an immense amphibian, nine feet in length, that inhabits remote streams in the mountains of Northern California. It is said to be dark in coloration, with whitish spots along it's back.
I really don't know much else about this cryptid- how freqently it's sighted, or how credible the claims seem to be. From a theoretical standpoint, though, I think this one holds pretty firm.
For example, there are the Cryptobranchids- giant, aquatic salamanders that include the Chinese Giant Salamander and and Japanese Giant Salamander. In good conditions, they can reach lengths of up to six feet and weigh more than a small child. Like all other salamanders and newts, they like cool/cold water and thrive in the absence of human disturbances like habitat destruction and pollution (to which they are particularly vulnerable to). The Cryptobranchids are also found in the United States, via the Hellbender, and are believed by some to have even originated in North America. In my opinion, it would be no great stretch of the imagination to think that the Trinity Alps Salamander might be an undiscovered member of this family.
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008999 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
maybe its a large subspecies of hellbender salamander
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SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Of a lot of proposed uncatalogued animals, this is probably one with the most going for it in terms of actually existing. Salamanders are pretty tenacious animals so hopefully these giants can hold over the amphibian "crisis" long enough to be scientifically recognized.
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student General Artist
Yeah. It'd be a shame if these guys went extinct, especially before they could be catalogued by science.
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Inferno-Rodan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Huh... never heard of this one. Gotta say though, it really isn't much of a stretch for something like this to exist.
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JacobKaiju Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
It wouldn't be too far of a stretch.
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SOIRUN Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student
Cool pic and very detailed!,but what makes tese critter so important?
the size or just something else?
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student General Artist
Mainly the size, since there are no North American salamanders that get that big (The Hellbender is large, but way under 9 ft).
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SOIRUN Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student
how many of these creature wee sighted,if it was sighted once,this simply would be gigantism
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student General Artist
Not sure, I don't know much about this cryptid. From what I hear though, they don't look much like Hellbenders. Plus I'm not sure if they're even native to California.
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htfshimmer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
so...much detail.. *dies* LOL really nice job!
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