Japanese Giant Salamander

The second largest salamander in the world, the Japanese giant salamander spends its entire life underwater. Lacking gills, it absorbs oxygen from the water through its wrinkly skin. With poor eyesight, the salamander relies on its sense of smell and touch while hunting for prey at night.

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Species @ Risk Image
lengthLength: Up to 5 ft
weightWeight: Up to 55 lbs
habitatHabitat: Mountain streams and rivers
dietDiet: Fish, insects, crustaceans and other aquatic animals