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Eastern Hellbender

Cryptobranchus alleganiensis


Hellbenders are salamanders that grow up to two feet in length. They have flat bodies and heads; beady dorsal eyes and slimy skin. Like most salamanders, they have short legs with four toes on the front legs and five on their back appendages, and their tails are keeled to propel them through water. They are generally blotchy brown or red-brown in color, with a pale underbelly.


Swift-flowing, shallow, rocky-bottom streams


This spotting occurred during a catch-and-return population analysis project (and I was grateful for permission to photograph the specimen!)

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JBoerner 10 years ago

I work with hellbenders in NY. I'm very passionate about benders. Great shot!

LisaPowers 10 years ago

Hi Mitch, welcome to Project Noah! I am always happy to see hellbenders and glad you have brought one to PN! Awesome spotting!

Yasser 11 years ago

Fantastic spotting Mitch! Welcome aboard :)

sciguy617 11 years ago

Wow it's the only spotting for the hellbender's whole genus

Mitch L
Spotted by
Mitch L

Renovo, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Oct 4, 2009
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012

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