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This is a Chinese giant salamander, the world’s largest salamander. It can grow up to six feet long. It is highly endangered due to water pollution and harvest for the Chinese traditional medicine market. (by Andy Loves Hong Kong)

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Black carp by Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Ukiyo-e style. I love when you can clearly see the woodgrain in woodcuts!

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Blood-Splattered Furniture

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Chinese Giant Salamander - World's Largest Amphibian

The Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus) is the biggest amphibian in the world growing up to 6 ft (180 cm) long.

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The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) is the largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world, reaching a length of 180 cm (6 ft), although it rarely – if ever – reaches that size today. It is endemic to rocky, mountain streams and lakes in China, as well as Taiwan, probably as a result of introduction.

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In 2014 a giant salamander emerged from the Kamo River in Japan. Landed appearances of the giant creature are considerably rare due to them making their home underwater and being only active at night. Japanese giant salamanders are the second-largest salamanders on Earth, surpassed only by the closely related Chinese giant salamander. They feed on insects, frogs, crabs, shrimp, and fish; but since the 1950s, their population has declined rapidly due to habitat destruction and overhunting.

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Giant Salamanders- Largest living amphibians known today. Can live up to 50-75 years. Found in brooks and ponds in United States, Japan, China. Apparently in lives under some people's porches. It is decreasing as a species because of pollution and erosion. They can lay as many as 500 eggs usually on river banks where they make their home.

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