California Tiger Salamander Larvae Stages

Here are some photos of California tiger salamander (CTS) larvae in various stages of development.

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This 60 mm larvae has legs, but they are useless.

This 60 mm larvae has legs, but they are useless.

This larvae has complete long gills, weak legs and is not showing signs of morphing into an adult.

This larvae has complete long gills, weak legs and is not showing signs of morphing into an adult.

This larvae is about ready to leave the pond. It is taking on adult coloration, has strong legs and it's gills are gone. It cannot swim well at this point and is breathing air.

This larvae is about ready to leave the pond. It is taking on adult coloration, has strong legs and it’s gills are gone. It cannot swim as well at this point and is breathing air.

This metamorph was found on top of a ridge on a gravel road, about 150 yards directly up a steep hill from the nearest possible breeding site.

The above salamander morphed into an adult shortly before this photo was taken. It still has some of the coloration of the larvae.

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