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The Trinity Alps giant salamander is an alleged giant salamander that is reported to live in the Trinity Alps of northern California. It is often considered a cryptid, as no specimen has ever been recovered and it is not a recognized species. Although the salamander is larger than most salamander species inside the United States, it is comparable in size to the hellbender. It was first reported in the 1800s and has not been reported frequently since the early 1900s.

Tom Slick led an expedition to search for the creatures, but it was not successful.

A member of the giant salamander family (Cryptobranchidae), known as the hellbender is found in the eastern United States, and in fact the cryptobranchid family may have had its origins in North America.[1]


  • Loren Coleman & Jerome Clark. Cryptozoology A to Z. ISBN 978-0684856025.
  1. ^ Naylor, Bruce G. (Feb. 10, 1981). "Cryptobranchid Salamanders from the Paleocene and Miocene of Saskatchewan". Copeia 1981 (1): 76–86. doi:10.2307/1444042.  

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