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Cryptobranchus alleganiensis


The famous hellbender, interestingly even how it got that name is unclear. The most common story I can find is that people who saw it compared it to a demon "hell bent" on returning. Or the way its loose skin moved looking demonic. Either way, this is a harmless North American salamander, related to the giant salamanders of China. Their conservation status is Near Threatened. Some other common names include devil dog, mud-devil, lasagna lizard (haha what), and snot otter (which is just mean, but equally hilarious).


Found in North America in the States of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and even a small bit of Oklahoma and Kansas. So its pretty widespread.

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Wichita, Kansas, USA

Spotted on Nov 16, 2018
Submitted on Nov 16, 2018

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