Reptiles

Chinese Giant Salamander

Well, this video isn’t necessarily funny, but it is interesting. I can’t imagine living 200 years, think of all the stories that you’d have to tell. I mean living in a cave can’t be all that exciting, but who am I to judge, I’m sure if this guy could talk he could definitely prove me wrong.

This Chinese Giant Salamander was found living in a cave in Chongqing, China; he measured more than 4.5 feet in length with a weight of over 100 pounds. He was said to be the largest living amphibian in the world. The average Chinese Giant Salamander can reach up to 5.9 feet. However, they rarely get to be that size, mainly due to overhunting and habitat destruction. But this guy was able to get as large as he did because he was nuzzled safely away in his cave.

A Chinese Giant Salamander is very similar to the Japanese Giant Salamander, the only difference is the arrangement of the tubercles on the head and throat. The Chinese Salamander’s tubercles mostly come in pairs and are usually smaller and fewer then that the Japanese Salamander. In both classifications their legs are short and flattened and their tail takes up nearly 59% of the body length. It’s fascinating that with such little legs this guy still seems to get around okay.

He was discovered by a local fisherman in southwest China who happened to run across this guy while spelunking. According to local Chinese media reporters, the fisherman said that he noticed him, “after accidentally stepping on something soft and slimy.” Just the thought of that brings chills up my spine.

Quickly after the discovery the salamander was transferred to a special research facility for protection and for studying. As the general lifespan of this type of salamander is generally 80 years in the wild and 55 years in captivity this guy is said to be one of the oldest living animals on Earth.

I hope that he’s able to share many of the stories with his new friends in the research facility, because I would hope that he would be pretty darned smart to have survived over 200 years.

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