This is a Chinese giant salamander, the world’s largest salamander. It can grow up to six feet long. It is highly endangered due to water pollution and harvest for the Chinese traditional medicine market. (by Andy Loves Hong Kong)
In 2014 a giant salamander emerged from the Kamo River in Japan. Landed appearances of the giant creature are considerably rare due to them making their home underwater and being only active at night. Japanese giant salamanders are the second-largest salamanders on Earth, surpassed only by the closely related Chinese giant salamander. They feed on insects, frogs, crabs, shrimp, and fish; but since the 1950s, their population has declined rapidly due to habitat destruction and overhunting.
Read all about the World's Top 10 #EndangeredSpecies - Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Amur Leopards, Javan Rhinoceros, Northern Sportive Lemur, Northern Right Whale, Little Dodo bird, Saola Asian Unicorn, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Chinese Giant Salamander and Tiger.
Are these animals too 'ugly' to be saved? By Victoria Gill, BBC reporter. Montage of evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered creatures (Clockwise from top left: Sunda pangolin, Chinese giant salamander, Mallorcan midwife toad, long-beaked echidna and Ganges river dolphin)
The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) is the largest salamander and largest amphibian in the world, reaching a length of 180 cm (6 ft), although it rarely – if ever – reaches that size today. It is endemic to rocky, mountain streams and lakes in China, as well as Taiwan, probably as a result of introduction.