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.

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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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)

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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Chinese giant salamander | Save Our Green

Chinese giant salamander | Save Our Green

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Read all about the World's Top 10 #EndangeredSpecies - Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Amur Leopards, Javan Rhinoceros, Northern Sportive Lemur, Northern Right Whale, Little Dodo bird, Saola Asian Unicorn, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Chinese Giant Salamander and Tiger.

Read all about the World's Top 10 #EndangeredSpecies - Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Amur Leopards, Javan Rhinoceros, Northern Sportive Lemur, Northern Right Whale, Little Dodo bird, Saola Asian Unicorn, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Chinese Giant Salamander and Tiger.

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The Chinese Giant Salamander, the largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world, can reach lengths of up to 5.9ft

The Chinese Giant Salamander, the largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world, can reach lengths of up to 5.9ft

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.

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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The Chinese giant salamander can grow to be almost six feet long!

The Chinese giant salamander can grow to be almost six feet long!

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