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  Giant salamander - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Giant Salamanders (Cryptobranchidae) are aquatic amphibians found in brooks and ponds in Japan, China and with a similar specimen in the United States.
The Japanese Giant Salamander reaches five feet and feeds on fish and crustaceans, and can live for up to 80 years.
In 1812 the fossil was examined by Georges Cuvier who recognized it as being a Giant Salamander.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Giant_salamander   (267 words)

 Salamander - MSN Encarta
Salamanders are amphibians, a group of moist-skinned animals that also includes frogs, toads, and wormlike creatures called caecilians.
For instance, giant salamanders such as the hellbender spend their entire lives in rivers, streams, or bodies of water inside underground caves.
Those salamanders that spend all or part of their lives on land tend to be slight, with small heads, slender bodies, and a sprawling gait that comes from moving the two legs that are diagonally opposite one another at the same time.
encarta.msn.com /encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761558552   (1131 words)

 salamander. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Salamanders have tails and small, weak limbs; superficially they resemble the unrelated lizards (which are reptiles), but they are easily distinguished by their lack of scales and claws, and by their moist, usually smooth skins.
Salamanders are found in damp regions of the northern temperate zone and are most abundant in North America.
The newts are a large, widely distributed family of salamanders; North American species include the red-spotted newt, which goes through a terrestrial stage known as the red eft.
www.bartleby.com /65/sa/salamand.html   (583 words)

 Coast giant salamander
The coast giant salamander occurs in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon, the Willapa Hills of southwestern Washington, and the coast ranges of Oregon and California ; it is absent from the Olympic Mountains.
It occurs with Cope's giant salamander in the Cascades of southern Washington and northern Oregon, and in southwestern Washigton and northwestern Oregon.
In Cope's giant salamanders, this happens because most individuals lack the physiological ability to respond to the hormones that induce metamorphosis in other salamanders.
www.washington.edu /burkemuseum/collections/herpetology/dtenebrosus.htm   (330 words)

This salamander has a uniform brown or dark color and large concentrations of poison glands are visible over the entire body, note swelling on dorsal side of tail, light, "spots" on the back and head.
The 4th hind toe of this salamander is noticeably longer than any other toe on the foot and the toes in general are long and delicate compared to the toes of other salamanders seen in lab.
Giant salamanders are the largest salamander found in the Pacific northwest.
courses.washington.edu /vertebra/452/photos/amphib/salamander_photos.htm   (785 words)

 Definition of Giant Salamander from dictionary.net
Formerly, it was a superstition that the salamander could live in fire without harm, and even extinguish it by the natural coldness of its body.
Giant kettle, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers.
Giant salamander (Zo["o]l.), a very large aquatic salamander (Megalobatrachus maximus), found in Japan.
www.dictionary.net /giant+salamander   (312 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Salamander & Newt
The name "siren" is generally given to salamanders that have lungs as well as gills and never develop beyond the larval stage.
Since salamanders need to stay cool and moist to survive, those that live on land are found in shady forested areas.
All salamanders are carnivores, but they are seldom in a hurry to catch their meals.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-salamander.html   (1244 words)

 Cope's giant salamander
Cope's giant salamander occurs in the Olympic Mountains of Washington, the Cascade Mountains and Willapa Hills of southern Washington, and extreme northwestern Oregon.
It occurs with the Pacific giant salamander everywhere except on the Olympic Peninsula.
Cope's giant salamanders usually mature and reproduce in the aquatic form, without metamorphosing into terrestrial adults.
www.washington.edu /burkemuseum/collections/herpetology/dcopei.htm   (297 words)

 Giant Salamanders Lurk in Japan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Fishermen in one of the salamander's last remaining habitats recently made headlines with complaints that the animal's unfettered breeding is cutting into the local population of sweetfish, a small fish prized by both people and salamander.
The Japanese giant salamander was put under protection in 1951, after its population was threatened by mountain people who ate it as a source of protein.
Thirty-million-year-old fossilized remains of giant salamanders have been found in Europe, but today the nearest equivalent in the West is the hellbender, a smaller salamander but the largest in North America.
coloherp.org /cb-news/Vol-28/cbn-0108/GiantSala.html   (742 words)

 California Wild Winter 1997 - Wild Lives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Based on their bone structure and pattern of external fertilization, the giant salamanders or Cryptobranchidae are among the most primitive of all salamanders.
Besides having an ancient lineage, giant salamanders are the longest-lived amphibians; one captive Japanese specimen survived for 55 years.
Giant salamanders are unusual for amphibians in that they lay their eggs in early autumn.
www.calacademy.org /calwild/1997winter/stories/wildlives.html   (1248 words)

 Trinity Alps Giant Salamander
This animal is reported to be one of the largest amphibians of recent time, possibly related to the Japanese and Chinese giant salamanders.
Comparativly, the Asian giant salamanders do not normally get bigger than 5 feet long, 6 at most, and are normally grey in color.
In August 1997, an expedition was launched by a group called T.A.G.S.E. to look for the salamander, but unfortunaly, it did not find the giant salamanders.
www.geocities.com /capedrevenger/giantsalamander.html   (433 words)

 Stream-associated Amphibian Microhabitat Study
As suggested by SSS in previous years, torrent salamanders were active day and night, while Pacific giant salamanders were primarily nocturnal, and tailed frog larvae were variable.
Several of these were Cope's giant salamander, a species thought to rarely transform to a terrestrial form.
Cope's giant salamander is genetically distinct from others of the genus, but researchers have not examined genetic variation within the species in detail.
www.fs.fed.us /pnw/olympia/wet/2001/sams.html   (2057 words)

 Pacific giant salamander - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pacific giant salamanders (Dicamptodontidae) are a family of large salamanders.
Specimens are up to 30 cm (12 in) long, and are found in the Western USA.
Except for their size, they are similar with the mole salamander family (Ambystomatidae) in which they were originally included.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pacific_giant_salamander   (98 words)

 Species Spotlight: Idaho Giant Salamander   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Found primarily in the moist, coniferous forests of the Rocky Mountains of north and central Idaho and extreme parts of Montana, the Idaho Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon aterrimus) is the largest salamander found in the state—just as its name suggests.
Since water is essential for reproduction, the giants are common near streams, lakes and ponds.
Whereas most salamanders are voiceless, the Idaho giant is unique in its ability to produce sounds ranging from a low growl to a higher pitched yelp, when it is disturbed.
www.moscowfood.coop /garden/idahosalamander.html   (328 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Hunting threat to big amphibians
Illegal hunting is bringing the Chinese giant salamander, the world's largest amphibian, to the brink of extinction.
With a maximum length of a metre and a half (5ft), the giant salamanders of China and Japan are truly huge compared with other amphibians.
For some species, like the Chinese giant salamander, the question is whether mainstream sentiment will change fast enough to prevent them disappearing completely.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/science/nature/4259596.stm   (724 words)

 Coastal (Pacific) Giant Salamander
The Coastal (Pacific) Giant Salamander is the largest terrestrial salamander found in the United States and Canada.
The larvae of the Coastal (Pacific) Giant Salamander are generally a dull brown or gray color as seen here, but mottling as in the adults is not uncommon.
Neoteny, when a salamander remains a larva but can nevertheless reproduce, is common in the Coastal (Pacific) Giant Salamander and these individuals will reach total lengths near 14 inches as well.
www.npwrc.usgs.gov /narcam/idguide/diteneb.htm   (188 words)

 Pacific Giant Salamander   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Pacific Giant Salamanders inhabit cool, moist coniferous forests in the vicinity of cold, clear streams and mountain lakes.
Pacific Giants are among the relatively few salamanders that are capable of producing vocalizations.
The reproductive biology of the Pacific Giant Salamander is poorly known.
www.odsa.com /golf/giant.htm   (252 words)

 Leapin' lizards! Big salamanders are zoo's newest
In ancient times, eggs laid by the giant salamander of Japan were consumed by pregnant women to ensure them bearing a healthy child.
This practice now is banned and the giant salamander, on the endangered species list, is protected by the Japanese government.
The giant salamander of Japan is closely related to the American hellbender, found primarily in the Ozark mountains.
www.newts.org /~newtsweek/html/leapin__lizards___big_salamanders_are_zoo_s_newest.html   (427 words)

 Giant Salamander   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Giant Salamander is on display in Gallery 6.
Giant Salamander's skin showing circles of green on brown coloration.
Head, throat and skin along the sides of the body are warty and deeply folded — this helps the salamander to absorb oxygen from the surrounding water.
internt.nhm.ac.uk /jdsml/museum/tring/highlights/detail.dsml?beginIndex=1&listPageURL=index.dsml?   (116 words)

 CentralPets.com - Salamander - Pacific Giant Page (Printer Friendly Version)
The characteristic background color of the Pacific Giant Salamander tends to be brassy brown, gray brown, or gray, with a marbled pattern in fl overlaid.
Generally found in quiet areas that have not been exploited for timber, Pacific Giant Salamanders are located throughout the Pacific Northwest of North America, in coastal areas from Canada's British Columbia south to northern California in the United States.
It may be preferable to have a filter in the tank of a Pacific Giant Salamander that creates a sort of current and keeps the water well aerated.
centralpets.com /php/PrintFriendly.php?AnimalNumber=5891   (722 words)

 Soon to be gone?: Amphibians: Chinese Giant Salamander
The giant salamander has been given a place in mythology.
In one particular Asian myth, the salamander, although resembling a typical specimen, it makes its home in fires; the hotter the better.
Early travelers to China were shown garments which, or so they were told, had been woven of wool from the salamander: the cloth was completely unharmed by fire.
soontobegone.blogspot.com /2005/07/amphibians-chinese-giant-salamander.html   (297 words)

 Giant Salamanders on Asia Trail - National Zoo| FONZ
Distribution and Habitat: Japanese giant salamanders inhabit the cold, fast-flowing mountain streams and rivers of northern Kyushu Island and western Honshu in Japan.
Giant salamanders have a very slow metabolism, and go weeks without eating, if necessary.
Conservation: This giant salamander was first put under protection in 1951, and was recognized as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1976.
nationalzoo.si.edu /Animals/AsiaTrail/GiantSalamanders   (258 words)

 Pacific Giant Salamander
The Pacific Giant is found in coastal areas from southwestern British Columbia (only in the Chilliwack area) south to Santa cruz, California.
Pacific Giant Salamanders face a variety of predators who use the same stream-side habitat:weasels, mink, mergansers, river otters, water shrews, trout, and dolly varden.
Experts think that the population of Pacific Giant Salamanders is in decline due to development and industry on their habitat.
www.naturepark.com /pgsala.htm   (780 words)

 Digimorph - Dicamptodon ensatus (Pacific giant salamander)
The Pacific Giant Salamander, Dicamptodon ensatus, and its close relatives, are the largest and most massive of the salamanders that have a terrestrial stage.
This species occupies a small region of California, in the Coast Range west of San Francisco Bay from southern Santa Cruz County to southern Mendocino County, where it is replaced to the north by a close relative, D.
The hyobranchial skeleton is an important part of the head of salamanders and provides the skeleton of the tongue.
www.digimorph.org /specimens/Dicamptodon_ensatus   (532 words)

 Shallow Thoughts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Dave and I went for a ride down the 914 trail at El Corte de Madera (now officially called the Methuselah Trail since MROSD removed the Porsche 914 which used to be there).
After it crosses the creek at the bottom of the trail, it connects to a trail called "Giant Salamander".
And sure enough, an enormous salamander, maybe ten inches long and dark with rust-colored spots, swam out into the creek and started poking its way among the rocks.
www.shallowsky.com /blog/index.cgi/nature/giantsalamander.html   (169 words)

 CARCNET-RCCAR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Able to reach 30 cm in total length, the Coastal Giant Salamander is one of the largest terrestrial salamanders.
The Coastal Giant Salamander is most similar to the Tiger Salamander, which is also blotchy, but its snout is blunter than the Coastal Giant Salamander.
In Canada, the Coastal Giant Salamander is limited to a small area in southwestern British Columbia.
www.carcnet.ca /english/tour/glossary/npgs/npgs2.htm   (428 words)

 ..:: Welcome To The Cincinnati Zoo ::..
Suffering Salamanders: Chinese giant salamander populations in the wild are threatened by over-collection as the salamanders are considered a delicacy and thought to have medicinal properties.
One of the largest salamanders in the world, the Chinese giant salamander spends its entire life underwater.
As an animal draws near, the salamander opens its mouth suddenly to suck in and gulp its prey.
www.cincyzoo.org /Exhibits/AnimalExhibits/ReptileHouse/chinesegiantsalamander/chinesegiantsalamander.html   (119 words)

 Giant Salamander Photographs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sumio Okada, a giant salamander researcher in Japan and creator of "The Andrias Homepage", gave us a great tour of Hiroshima and Tottori Prefectures -- the heart of giant salamander country.
He is conducting research on the life history and movement patterns of the giant salamander, and devotes much of his time to the conservation of this species.
Japanese people are very proud of this salamander, as its presence indicates that the natural environment is still in good condition.
hellbenders.sanwalddesigns.com /japanphotos.htm   (148 words)

 DO GIANT SALAMANDERS REALLY EXIST?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
But I did believe he had seen one when he was 10, and I knew what he had this time was another type of giant salamander because his description was excellent.
Two other salamanders, the hellbender and the mudpuppy, or waterdog, also qualify as giant salamanders, although neither gets as long as amphiumas and sirens.
Though it had been six decades since Bill Walton had seen a giant salamander, when he caught another one in his lake he was intrigued--and set about finding out just what he had caught.
www.uga.edu /srel/ecoviews6-10-01.htm   (756 words)

He could have meant "a giant tadpole", which could have been a sturgeon or some other fish (the mix-up between adult frogs and tadpoles has occured before, as noted in In the Wake of the Sea Serpents).
Then there is the giant Japanese salamander they are related but they are not in the same genus except the two hellbenders are.
The Hellbenders and the Japanese salamander inhabit cold water streams where as the amphiuma prefers swampy water on the coastal plain.
www.cryptozoology.com /forum/topic_view_thread.php?tid=20&pid=33470   (420 words)

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