Chinese giant salamanders are the largest amphibians in the world.
Amazing Facts About the Chinese Giant Salamander
- They have very poor eyesight, to detect their prey they sense the vibrations in the water.
- They spend their entire lives under water, but don’t have gills. They absorb oxygen through their skin.
- At breeding time, the females lay between 400-500 eggs which the males look after until they hatch.
- They used to be common, but are now critically endangered due to habitat loss and excessive hunting.
- In 1726 a Swiss physician described a fossil of a Chinese giant salamander and assumed that it was the fossil of a human being that survived the Great Flood, naming it Homo diluvii testis (“witness of the Great Flood”).
- Type: Amphibia
- Diet: Carnivore
- Lifespan: at least 60 years based on captive specimens
- Size: up to 180 cm (5.9 ft) in length
- Weight: up to 70 kg (110 lb)
- Scientific name: Andrias davidianus
- Habitat: aquatic, rocky, fast flowing streams and lakes with clear water