The second-largest salamander species in the world, these long-lived salamanders lurk in rocky, fast-flowing streams in Japan. They have a single lung that they use to control buoyancy, not to breathe. Japanese giant salamanders have wrinkled skin mottled with varying patterns of black and shades of brown. Some appear quite dark, while others have lighter patches.
Chinese giant salamander conservation
Chinese Giant Salamander | Andrias davidianus
All rights reserved. The biggest amphibian on Earth is critically endangered due to habitat loss and demand as a delicacy. This is exactly what Chinese media sources say happened last week when a fisherman discovered a Chinese giant salamander in a cave outside the city of Chongqing map. The gentle giant weighs pounds 53 kilograms and stretches over 4.
Chinese giant salamander
All rights reserved. Their beady, lidless eyes peer out from broad, flat heads with blunt snouts, and their mud-colored bodies have short limbs and long tails. In two studies published last week, scientists found that instead of one species—as previously thought—there are actually roughly half a dozen species of Chinese giant salamander.
The Chinese giant salamander has been identified as the EDGE amphibian most in need of conservation action. Video of Giants on the Edge. It belongs to a small and ancient group of salamanders that diverged from their closest relatives during the Jurassic period over million years ago.