Topics » Science & Technology   Aug. 7, 2013

Ancient, Slippery, Enormous 'Snot Otters': Looking for Hellbender Salamanders

The Big One

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The Big One

Matt Neff measures one of the hellbender salamanders the team has caught. Almost two feet long, it barely fits in the measuring tray -- one of the longest the team has ever found. Hellbender salamanders are the third largest species of salamander in the world, growing to over two feet long and weighing over four pounds.


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