Meet the hellbender

This giant aquatic salamander roams rivers in eastern North America.

A hellbender.
A hellbender.
American Museum of Natural History

The hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is the largest aquatic salamander in North America. An adult can grow up to 60 cm in length, on average.

Hellbenders “breathe” via their skin by absorbing the oxygen from the water. They prefer to live in clear, fast-flowing rivers & streams with plenty of dissolved oxygen.

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