Ancient, Slippery, Enormous 'Snot Otters': Looking for Hellbender Salamanders
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Derek Wheaton, a natural resource specialist at Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, holds a pair of crayfish, hellbenders' favorite food. The first river the team surveyed that day turned up lots of crayfish and plenty of flat rocks for salamanders to hide under, but no hellbenders.
Hellbenders eat crayfish, small fish, worms and, sometimes, their own young.
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